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Residents partner with county on water issues

Staff reports

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The Douglas County Manager’s office announces the formation of an advisory workgroup led by local residents and County staff to assist the County in developing short and long term strategies in dealing with Lake Tahoe Basin water issues and challenges. The advisory workgroup will be conducted as a partnership between the County and a number of volunteer community residents with keen knowledge of the issues, and requisite expertise and experience to accomplish the work. The County Manager’s office fully supports this effort and is actively involved in the advisory workgroup. The workgroup is expected to result in submission of specific recommendations to the County Manager by Jan. 31, 2012.

County Manager Steve Mokrohisky described the formation of the workgroup as the culmination of efforts by many individuals over the past several months in response to the desire of the Board of County Commissioners to identify possible alternative solutions for managing current and future costs in meeting the community’s needs for quality water at an affordable cost.

“The workgroup is comprised of individuals with legal, cost accounting, consulting, fire management, water management and engineering expertise who were selected for their unique understanding of water related issues in the Tahoe Basin,” Mokrohisky said . “As important, these individuals are concerned residents who want to participate in a productive dialogue about how to solve challenging water system issues. I am confident that through the efforts of this group and with the support of the County and other water service providers in Lake Tahoe, we will identify reasonable solutions to provide quality water service at an affordable cost.”

The initial members of the workgroup include Doug Patterson, Ron Alling, Cameron McKay, Darryl Harris, Lynn Endicutt, Greg Ott, Steve Kenninger, Rick Gardner, Ben Sharit and Mike Hashemi, all residents of the Tahoe Basin who have been involved in water related issues. The group’s efforts are also supported by additional volunteers who are contributing their time and effort to this project.

“This is a great example of the County partnering with local residents to solve difficult issues facing our community and should serve as a model for similar efforts in the future,” said Doug Patterson, a local resident and member of the advisory workgroup.

The workgroup is expected to release interim reports of its work prior to submission of its final recommendations which will be available through the County Manager’s office.

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