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Posted by: thepinetree on 07/09/2015 03:21 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 07/09/2015 03:21 PM
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Letter To The Editor On Valley Springs Public Utilities District ~ By Valentino Passetti

Valley Springs, CA...My name is Valentino Passetti and my wife and I live here at 863 Paloma Road, Valley Springs, Ca. My wife and I have been attending the Valley Springs Public Utilities Department meetings lately because the VSPUD wants to relocate the sewage plant to a site two miles away from its current location, all uphill, to the now closed, clay plant off Paloma Road. A business man by the name of Tom Coe who now owns this location along with another 700 connecting acres, offered to the VSPUD a donated 5 acre parcel for the VSPUD 5 acres sewage pond that would be needed, and sell to the VSPUD a 99 years lease on 30 acres of his connecting 700 acres parcel to accommodate the new 30 acre spray fields, and the sewage storage pond. Because of the donated 5 acres and the 99 Lease offer from Tom Coe, the VSPUD wants to tear up 2 miles of Paloma Road to place two pipes side by side, four miles of pipe, repave Paloma Road and build all new facilities for the VSPUD new 50 acre sewage pond, and lease from Tom Coe on a 99 year lease, 30 acres for a newly installed sewage storage pond and what will become a contaminated 30 acre spray field.


These huge water spray head will be spewing, over time, thousands of tons of contaminated water. This spray field will surround a fresh water lake being fed by the Valley Springs Water Aquifer.

This whole valley we live in is a natural stopping point for migrating Canadian Geese and by the time their migrating season is over, hundreds upon hundreds of Canadian Geese will have used this Valley. The Canadian Geese are not the only wild life that uses this lake. We have Deer, Coyote, Raccoons, Possums, and the list goes on.
Not only would the lake immediately become contaminated, but this lake is being fed by the Water Aquifer, which would obviously, also carry these sewage contaminates.

Located approx. 300 yards, (downstream), from the new proposed contaminated lake and water aquifer, is 2 out of 6 of Valley Springs drinking water wells, supplying a huge portion of drinking water for the Town of Valley Springs.
Once this sewage plant is installed, it will be right next to approx. 8 to 10 homes. Their back yards can literally be measure in feet as to how far their back yards will be away from the 50 acres sewage pond, the sewage storage pond, and the 30 acres of contaminated spray fields. The winds get horribly fast through this Valley which would cause contaminated over spray from the sprayer themselves, in all their back yards and even over spray to neighboring fields on the opposite side of Paloma road where it is all cattle grazing fields. It is a fact, if any beef should eat the grass the Contaminated Spray Field grow, the beef can no longer legally be sold in the food chain because of the sewage contaminates that are in the grass.

I believe these homes would be forced in a Class Action Law Suit because of potential property devaluation, contamination, sickness, and the list could go on. If this sewage plant should be developed, potentially, this could mean just the start of potential financial problems for the VSPUD. Where the VSPUD is located right now is higher out of the Flood Zone, which would comply with the 100 year storm plan right where they are, with out moving anything at all..

The VSPUD claims that it would be cheaper to run two sewage pipes side by side 2 miles long each, or, 4 miles of pipe, tear up and repave Paloma Road, build a brand new 50 acre sewage pond, a sewage storage pond and install the 30 acre spray fields, and contaminate a fresh water pond and the water aquifer that it is connected to, than it would be to up-date and up-grade what they already “own” with no lease. The VSPUD already “owns” its own 28 acres right where they presently are right now. The present location of the VSPUD is all downhill from Valley Springs, and is a perfect location with no potential problems with neighbor’s properties, cattle potentially eating contaminated grasses, contaminating lakes and water aquifers, contaminating a Valley used by migrating foul, and the list goes on.
To pump this sewage 2 miles up hill will take two monstrous large motors, doubling the electrical bill for over 175 of the VSPUD customers. To do all of this will take a total of 6 million dollars and will be paid for by a 4 million dollar “Grant”, and raise rates for their 175 customers to pay for the 2 million dollar balance.

Rates will have to be raised to include payments for the 2 million dollar balance, the higher electrical charges, higher maintenance costs, a 99 year lease to ‘Tom Coe” for the 30 acre spray fields, and at this point they cannot come up with a complete cost because they are afraid of all the very potential, “financial over runs”, which are very unpredictable on these kinds of very large projects.

What is happening in Calaveras County, (putting it more accurately, Valley Springs). Our Calaveras County Supervisors premitting an asphalt plant to be built right next to a fresh water stream. The Valley Springs VSPUD wanting to build a sewage plant around a fresh water lake, connected to a water aquifer, used by migrating Canadian Geese and numerous wild life, potentially contaminating 1/3 of the Valley Springs drinking water wells that supply fresh drinking water to numerous VSPUD customers.

I might be wrong, but I thought mankind is now, and has been, trying to up-date and up-grade what we have already installed and working, and in doing so, leaving less and less of these types of contaminating foot prints on our precious natural resources , our precious wild life, and not to mention, for our living human residences. If this is the case, Calaveras County in general would be a very bad example. With the Calaveras County Supervisors permitting this Asphalt Plant to be built right next to a fresh drinking water stream and the VSPUD wanting to relocate their Contaminated Sewage Spray Fields around a fresh drinking water lake and water aquifer. I believe these two projects, which have one things in common with each other, "polluting fresh drinking water", going on here in Calaveras County, and putting it more accurately, Valley Springs, is very wrong and could potentially cause human health complications.

I clearly understand that I might not hear back from Tammy Brown or George Warren with Channel 10, but you can be sure I will be attending the next meeting on July 22nd at 6:00pm at the VSPUD office, and all the future meetings thereafter.
Thank you for your time Sincerely
Valentino W. Passetti Sr.
ps, these are just my thoughts and beliefs, and my intentions are not to down anyone, that I would not do, but I really do feel for our fresh water, and our wild life, and that is why I am here now

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Posted on: 2015-07-09 19:51:20   By: Anonymous
Sewage plant operation are controlled by by the state of Californian. The water being discharged from the plant must meet very strict sanitation standards. Any changes to a sewage plant must be done by licensed engineer and the plans must be approved by the department of water resource.
Much of what you claim in your post seams to be in conflict with how the state would agree for the district to build and operate their proposed plant.

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    Re: Facts
    Posted on: 2015-07-09 21:17:28   By: Anonymous
    Nothing going to happen especially if the OP takes this same letter of concern to those in Sacramento in the correct offices. Thank you for alerting all of us to the issue but to the Halls of Sacramento is where you need to take this along with any and all Geological and Hydrological presentations you can come up with.That way you go in with a complete packet of information. Thank you for standing up.

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    Re: Facts
    Posted on: 2015-07-10 06:17:45   By: Anonymous
    And that right there Ladies and Gentlemen is the perfect definition of a NIMBY.

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      Posted on: 2015-07-10 07:48:21   By: Anonymous
      yea,you may want to check your facts sir,if you are worried about the poor Canada Geese,drive around sometime and see how many of them along with ducks choose to hang out on every sewage pond around.Also you are dead wrong about beef and unable to sell the meat.Take a drive up Hwy 108 and not the nice green ag fields with all kinds of cattle...guess what?That is sewage water(reclaimed)pumped from the Prison on Obyrnes Ferry Rd

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      Posted on: 2015-07-10 10:43:46   By: Anonymous
      Yeah, his s don't stink, so he does not need to flush.

      Net net, this project will be a big improvement to the current situation.

      Nice to see a real land owner stepping up to make land available for the
      benefit of all.

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Posted on: 2015-07-10 08:05:07   By: Anonymous
so where do you think your turds go now?Some underground pond?Dude,get over the worry about geese,they eat poop!!!

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Posted on: 2015-07-10 13:37:36   By: Anonymous
It would be really nice if folks had their facts straight before they go posting them on the internet. The sprayfield water will not be contaminated, if it was why would the State Water Board allow it to be sprayed. The new plant and sprayfields will have to meet all the requirements of their State issued permit. No water from the sprayfields will be allowed to reach any surface water based on the requirements of the District's permit. The new treatment plant will have no effect whatsoever on the drinking water. There are all kinds of setback requirements from the State and County, do you really think the District would be able to get away with something like that? If you are so worried about the geese drive by starbucks and look at all the geese on the District's current storage reservoir, they love it!

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Posted on: 2015-08-30 21:34:51   By: Anonymous
There are many sewage treatment plants that produce irrigation water like the one on Six Mile Road. It was popular with the Canada geese but they seem to have abandoned our entire county recently. Done correctly and diligently, waste water can be adequately purified.

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