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USECC - Update - May 2017

City Council Action on Mercury May 10th
Time 12:00 pm

The Coalition has been working for over a year asking the City to implement standard procedures to test for mercury when any development project, amendments, or extensions come up in the entire Steamboat Creek floodplain.  We have received the following from Councilman Delgado who forwarded from the City Manager.  Please consider coming to the April 26th meeting to voice your concerns.  PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE DATE ON THE MEMO FOR THE PRESENTATION HAS CHANGED TO MAY 10TH.  AGENDA ITEM J.5

Please consider attending the meeting to voice your support of a policy to require testing for all areas in the Steamboat Creek flooding areas when it comes to any type of development. If you can't come please email the City Clerk to get your comments on the record.


Memo reads:
On Friday, March 17th, 2017 City of Reno Community Development staff met with representatives from the State of Nevada, Division of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Corrective Actions (NDEP), and from the Washoe County Heath District, to discuss the mercury impacted areas under the jurisdiction of NDEP, pathways to mercury contamination/poisoning and typical evaluation, and mitigation protocols.  During that meeting, it was conveyed that while the Steamboat Creek Watershed is downstream of the historical Washoe Lake mining operations and is acknowledged to have some level of mercury contamination, the portion of the watershed within the City of Reno has not been identified as a mercury mitigation area by NDEP.

NDEP representatives have offered to make a presentation to Council at its regularly scheduled meeting of April 26, 2017.  Additionally, Community Development staff has begun researching past development projects within the Steamboat Creek watershed to determine if there are any developments outside of the NDEP designated mercury mitigation area that warrant investigation, and also how past development practices compare with current NDEP mitigation protocols.  Staff anticipates presenting its findings concurrent with the NDEP presentation on April 26, 2017.
Rosewood Lakes to become Pembroke Recreational Complex
Was Heard at City Council April 26, 2017
On April 26th the City of Reno approved one company to hold community meetings regarding what is going to be called the Pembroke Recreational Complex.  This company was approved to go out to the community and get input regarding the transformation of the Rosewood Lakes Golf Course into a sports complex.  We understand there is to be almost a dozen baseball fields, some soccer fields, walking trail, a possible multi use building and possibly some golf in the area that is the RLGC and the undeveloped city properties that are north of Pembroke.

It is our understanding that this company only has permission from the City to get community feedback at this time and that nothing has been approved yet.  Apparently this company is to use it's own funds for development.  Keep an eye out for the community meetings to get more information!

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