County Supervisors voted unanimously today to adopt the Cascade Shores Community Leach Field Project initial study and mitigated negative declaration, which paves the way for the Sanitation District to request funds from the State Water Resources Board to pay for the new system. The project is intended to address discharge violations which have resulted in a 5 year order from the State Water Board for the copper issue at the plant to be resolved. The Community Leach Field would remove the discharge of copper into Gas Canyon Creek. Two sites are being considered for the new Leach field and once built the existing treatment facility will be partially decommissioned. Supervisor Ed Scofield expressed his dismay that the treatment plant, which cost around $1.5 million to build, will be abandoned.
Scofield asked why didn’t they consider a Community Leach Field years ago? Supervisor Nate Beason who represents Cascade Shores answered that question.
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The leach field will be designed to handle the 86 properties currently hooked up to the treatment plant and maybe a few more. The majority of properties in the development will rely on individual septic systems.