Project Site Mud Flow

The following memo submitted by Joe Bower with permission of the author:

Village 3 Neighbors,

On July 21st, there was a heavy rain storm which caused a large amount of mud to flow from the Toll Brother’s project onto Hawk Meadow Trail, Somersett Parkway, and into storm drains.

A few days ago I received an e-mail from the City of Reno Engineering Department regarding this incident. There was a meeting recently with a representative from the City of Reno Engineering Department, the developer, their contractor representatives, and inspectors from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. The meeting was held to discuss the Stormwater plan for the development.

According to information provided by the City Engineer’s Department, several items were identified for improvement. These items will be inspected and recorded during follow up inspections by both the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and the City of Reno.

Toll Brothers is responsible for the clean up of the mud, and the City Engineering Department indicates the clean up activities are still in progress. According to the Engineering Department, there is a high clay content in the mud, and the clay has “cemented” into the roadway. Too much water during street sweeping will turn the material back into mud. Aggressive street sweeping operations when the material is dry creates too much dust violating the Dust Control Permit with Washoe County Air Quality. Consequently, cleaning up the clay on the street is not an easy task.

If I hear more I will let you know. Keep your fingers crossed the officials from the City of Reno and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection take this situation seriously.

Ken McNeil

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