Letter to the editor: More details should have been noted in criticism of water board
In a recent guest column, Carl Ribaudo accused the Lahontan Water Board of excessive delay in approving the U.S. Forest Service South Shore Fuel Reduction and Healthy Forest Restoration Project. In doing so, Mr. Ribaudo omitted an important fact: the USFS finalized its project proposal in January 2012, only three months prior to the water board’s approval of the project. Water Board staff worked closely with USFS during project development and throughout the USFS approval process, so that staff was ready to release a draft permit just one day after the USFS formally approved the project.
Ribaudo also criticized the water board for the Lake Tahoe Total Maximum Daily Load (a plan for restoring Lake Tahoe’s famed clarity). Here again, he failed to include key information. This plan was developed and adopted by both the water board and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, it was peer reviewed, it was approved by the California State Water Resources Control Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and endorsed by the Governors of both States.
Perhaps, Ribaudo did not intend to foist his criticism of the plan solely on the Lahontan water board; however, his omission of crucial facts is telling.
Chairman, Lahontan Water Board