Saturday, September 1, 2012
The city is claiming past practice and the right to dump this waste water into Pioneer's canals. The problem is this simple... once these canals received water from farms and adjacent fields. Now, there are thousands of homes on what was once farmland. The city mis-managed the storm water issue and is stretching the parameters of the Clean Water Act of 1972.
Mayor Nancolas and city officials failed to follow the example of other cities that have been in compliance with controlling polluted runoff from residential and commercial property for years and years. In their zeal to be more than accommodating they never bothered to concern themselves with the aspects of subdivision pollutants flowing into waterways used for irrigating food crops.
Now Mayor Nancolas is headed down the path of even more costs for litigation after spending $2million on all the current legal bills in this goofy battle with Pioneer Irrigation. They screwed up and now citizens of Caldwell are looking at another battle via the eminent domain scheme proposed by our Mayor.
Keeping pollutants out of storm drains is the topic of public service spots on TV all the time. Keeping pollutants out of irrigation waterways should be a no-brainer. The problem is how does the city of Caldwell fix the poor decisions made in the past. THE GUARDIAN does not see litigtion as the answer anymore than the pending threat of eminent domain takeover of PID's city of Caldwell irrigation water users.
Here's a link to the sequence of actions and reactions posted on the Pioneer Irrigation website http://pioneerirrigation.com/litigation.html
Here's another link in the IPT Sunday edition: http://www.idahopress.com/members/time-to-end-caldwell-water-fight/article_869afcae-f3c5-11e1-a855-0019bb2963f4.html#user-comment-area
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 9:59 AM