December 27, 1988 |
Efforts to expand California's Wild and Scenic River program for the first time since it began in 1972 have become snared in controversies over logging and water management issues. State Resources Agency Secretary Gordon K. Van Vleck has been peppered with dozens of letters on whether to support adding three rivers to the state program, which was modeled on a more stringent federal system. The state program, however, only limits dam building.
March 3, 1989 |
Backed by state Resources Secretary Gordon K. Van Vleck, Assemblyman Byron D. Sher (D-Palo Alto) has nominated two rivers to join the state's Wild and Scenic Rivers System. If approved by the Legislature, the East Carson River in Alpine County and West Walker River in Mono County would be the first additions to the system since it began in 1972.
August 20, 1986
A bill that would prohibit development of dams, reservoirs or water impoundment facilities until 1990 on certain streams of the McCloud River, the East Fork of the Carson River and the West Walker River was passed by the Assembly 42 to 23 and sent to the governor. The bill by Assemblyman Byron D. Sher (D-Palo Alto) was called by Assemblyman Larry Stirling (R-San Diego) "an attempt to deprive the people of Southern California of half their water supply."
July 21, 2000 |
An agreement on a new cleanup at an abandoned Sierra sulfur mine that has polluted nearby streams for years was announced Thursday by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Keith Takata, head of the EPA's Superfund program for the Pacific Southwest, said his agency reached the Leviathan Mine agreement with California's Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board.
October 22, 1999 |
An abandoned sulfur mine that for decades has spewed a toxic soup of acid and heavy metals in the scenic Sierra Nevada was proposed for Superfund status Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Superfund listing is reserved for the worst of the worst of the nation's polluted areas. Leviathan Mine in remote Alpine County, Calif., near the Nevada line, will join about 1,400 sites on the list if the designation is approved.
November 24, 2000 |
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has formally told Atlantic Richfield Co. to assist in the cleanup of the Leviathan Mine, recently designated a Superfund environmental site. Arco is a former owner of the mine in Alpine County, about 20 miles south of Lake Tahoe. Leviathan has been leaking a mixture of acids and dissolved metals into creeks that drain into the Carson River for years, discoloring the streams and making portions of them incapable of sustaining life.