South Tahoe Public Utility hears public comment on groundwater management plan |

South Tahoe Public Utility hears public comment on groundwater management plan

The South Tahoe Public Utility District took public comment Thursday on the proposed Groundwater Management Plan.

Dennis Cocking, STPUD’s public information officer, said the board decided to postpone voting on the plan until the next meeting on Dec. 21, as long as STPUD met the necessary notification requirements. If the next meeting is deemed too early for adequate notification, Cocking said the item will be voted on Jan. 4.

Cocking said he was confident about the plan being approved, though he said he couldn’t speak for the board.

“The public response was positive,” Cocking said. “Although I’ve learned not to second-guess the board, my gut feeling is that they’ll adopt it.”

The Groundwater Management Plan, estimated at $500,000, focuses on the early detection and extraction of uncontrolled petroleum product leaks that may pollute groundwater.

To avoid costly cleanups like those associated with the MTBE leaks, STPUD plans to install six monitoring wells at gas stations in the basin that will detect leaks and can then extract them.

Cocking said the project will be paid for by county water agency funds.

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