32 miles of High Voltage Wiring hung on giant buzzing, crackling and sparking electrical tower eye-sores are planned Through National Forest and Local Communities. Check out Nevada Hydro's transmission lines route map from September 2017 FERC filing. Is your property in the cross hairs?
Is your property on the list of properties to be taken (at "fair market price") through Eminent Domain? Now that Eminent Domain has been ruled OK to use for private development projects, forcible taking of property is an inevitable outcome should the project materialize.
We have all gotten behind that one truck that can't seem to go more than 20 mph uphill and can't pull over because getting going again is very difficult. This project will result in thousands of trips by loaded semi trucks as Nevada Hydro builds the upper dam. These construction activities will not only generate horrendous congestion and pollution, they will KILL YOUR COMMUTE during a period of 2-5 YEARS.
The company says materials will be sourced from the mountain as they drill tunnels into the mountainside.
According to statements made by Nevada Hydro:
1. The proposed type of power lines do not cause fires, and, 2. In case of a fire they would be de-energized for safety. Given the area's heavy reliance on firefighting aircraft of all sizes, during frequent wild-land fire events, adding 32 miles of potentially deadly towers and high tension wires to the mix makes no sense.
Learn about the area's Fire History:
But Wait.... They Have a Fire Plan!
NEVADA HYDRO SUBMITTED A FIRE PLAN TO US FOREST SERVICE - IT DID NOT GO WELL. Learn More
Studies show artificial aeration is good in the right environments, but does nothing about lakes' elevated nutrient content load which is what causes micro-flora. The Green algae color is a result of high phosphorus and other nutrients present in the waters that flow into the lake and within the lake's muddy bottom. Even if they add water during dry periods, it is the SAME nutrient-heavy water from the SAME sources and the vast majority of phosphorus is already in the muddy bottom.
Disturbing the bottom will make it worse, not better. If aeration worked for that purpose, we would have a clear blue lake by now due to the fact aeration has been in process for many years with no real impact on nutrient levels.
Nevada Hydro's Overblown Claims of benefits border on laughable. Aside from temporary construction-related jobs and a brief spike in revenues from services to support these jobs, there are no benefits locally that come close to balancing the pain, damage and risk inflicted on our communities should LEAPS become a reality.
Check back often as our own citizens comment, show evidence, and debunk many of the specious claims made about this project.
According to available fault zone maps, the LEAPS project will be built on, along or near several known fault lines.
Learn more: List of Dam Failures
Wonder why the water district, which owns the lake's water is quiet? EVMWD is prevented from saying anything negative about this project after getting spanked in court by Nevada Hydro for breach of contract when they broke up. EVMWD already spent over $4 million of ratepayers money on this project, in addition to the settlement. GUESS WHO IS ON THE HOOK FOR THIS?
What if we told you this was originally an ENRON project and the individual in charge of LEAPS was part of ENRON's executive leadership team during ENRON's criminal misadventures in Western States including California? The LEAPS business model boils down to buy low, sell high. Sound familiar?
Residents, government officials, Municipal Governments, native American tribes and civic organizations oppose LEAPS.
Many who fought and defeated this project in the past have been caught unaware of its latest reincarnation.
In a time when California is actively removing obsolete dams for environmental reasons, why would LEAPS be the exception?
- Native American Sites Cultural Heritage
- Endangered Species
- Decker Canyon Ecology
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From a well-intentioned local project began by EVMWD to a supplier attempting to force a project into existence despite solid local, regional and state opposition. How did we get here?
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Learn more about LEAPS' Historical Context:
Nevada Hydro submitted a poll they conducted to FERC that claims local support for the project. Nowhere in their poll were power lines, traffic, pollution, loss of lake use or business harm or fire-fighting issues mentioned. In fact, only 1 in 5 people had even heard of LEAPS. Let them know what you think through the 5 minute Survey below.
LEAPS is being opposed on several fronts at the grass-roots level. It is our duty as local residents to help save our valley and forests from unchecked development. Add your signature to the official petition on change.org for submittal to the Feds.
Direct Democracy can be messy: There may be several petitions circulating, you may be asked to sign, sign them all!
We compiled a handy list of complete contact information for residents to use. Let politicians and the organizations involved in LEAPS know we will not tolerate this project.
Demand they NOT support Nevada Hydro and ACTIVELY OPPOSE IT
"If this project is so wonderful and there is so much public support, where are all the pro-LEAPS groups? Pro-LEAPS yard signs? Where are the pro-LEAPS websites? How about pro-LEAPS community meetings and signature gathering events? Where are the pro-LEAPS elected officials? Any pro-LEAPS volunteers being galvanized in the valley extolling the virtues of the project? Any pro-LEAPS rallies? The answer is NO, there aren't any, and for good reason. This is not a liberal vs conservative issue. LEAPS is an existential threat to valley and mountain residents' quality of life."
CHARLES HOEY | El Cariso Village
"While we strongly support environmentally beneficial methods of energy storage in support of renewable energy the Sierra Club is deeply concerned about the impacts to wildlife, the environment, and the individuals who regularly use and enjoy the lands that will be affected by the LEAPS project, including the Cleveland National Forest, Lake Elsinore, and surrounding areas. This project will be extremely detrimental to wildlife, including threatened and endangered species, and the citizens who enjoy hiking, backpacking, photography, wildlife viewing, scientific study, and living in the area."
SIERRA CLUB | 8/23/2017
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