TOWERS WILL DESTROY FOREST VIEWS
- Giant 500KV Electrical towers as tall as 194 ft. and 32 miles of high voltage wiring will be installed from Corona to Murrieta along the pristine mountain ridge through both private property and Forest lands, then right through the forest toward the coast. The towers and high-voltage wiring with it's distinct electric zapping and humming will be the dominating feature on the mountain when you look up from the lake or drive through "scenic" Ortega Highway---forever. Nevada Hydro claimed in a recent newspaper ad that you would barely see the towers and they would be somehow camouflaged (seriously).
- Towers and facilities within the protected national forest will require over 5 miles of new access roads for building and maintenance. You can't do everything with helicopters.
- Environmental damage to Decker Canyon will be irreversible.
Their big selling point -- That the project would significantly improve the Lake Water-- is not supported by evidence. Aeration of the lake as the water is cycled will add some oxygen to the lake. It will not affect the lake's high-nutrient content which is dictated by existing lake water, the mud on the bottom and the water sources for the lake. Phosphorous is the cause of the lake's green hue - feeding microscopic algae. Adding oxygen and even extra water from the same sources will not improve this. If anything, disturbing the bottom, where the majority of nutrients are, would disperse additional nutrients into the water.
- Lake turbidity (cloudy water with disturbed solids) will increase as a result of massive volumes of water being moved. Who knows what kind of nasty things this will disturb from the lake's muddy bottom. Nevada Hydro has not presented a decisive method to alleviate this issue.
- The lake level will fluctuate significantly - Lake Elsinore will have a "tide."
- Firefighting aircraft will be at risk around these wires, endangering not only private property but also first responders on the ground that rely on air support. The company says these towers don't cause fires, but they cannot deny firefighting aircraft operations would be hindered.
- Thousands of trucks day and night to deliver materials, personnel and equipment for the upper dam will be added to Ortega Highway every day for at least 2-5 years.
- Dynamite, heavy construction in our forest, noise and dust for a minimum of 2-5 years.
- No added recreational opportunities - We will not be able to use the upper reservoir for anything.
- Massive construction activity in Lakeland Village for 2-5 years. A football field sized generating station will be installed in Lakeland Village. They say 300 feet underground. Certainly the giant turbines will be rumbling quietly.
- A failure of the upper dam, or tunnels / pumping station which would partially sit in active fault zones, would be catastrophic downstream.
- It has been estimated 500 plus properties are at risk of forcible taking via Eminent Domain or affected by the project.
- The project generates exactly ZERO net energy, and only generates at best 85% of energy consumed while pumping.
- The business model is to buy low, sell high. In other words, pump when energy prices are cheap, generate when it is expensive.
- The Principal manager of this project was previously ENRON management in charge of Western States business development while Californians were being shafted on energy bills by ENRON.
- Nevada Hydro, an out of state company with zero local roots was created solely for this purpose and has three employees, maybe more by now. The company has never actually built any similar projects.
- Nevada Hydro sued EVMWD for $24 million and EVMWD settled. Nevada Hydro gets $2 million cash, the right to have EVMWD supply water, and prevents the water authority from making any negative comments or taking a stand on this project. EVMWD ratepayers are already paying Nevada Hydro through the $4 million EVMWD poured into the project on behalf of Nevada Hydro - Did you receive your EVMWD notice of rate increases?
- Nevada Hydro Sued PG&E because PG&E would not consider the project as part of a bid for electricity projects in the LA Basin (They lost - the suit was dismissed).
- Nevada Hydro previously bought and currently owns the following domains: STOPLEAPS.COM., STOPLEAPS.NET and STOPLEAPS.ORG. That's OK we have STOPLEAPS.INFO
- The City of Lake Elsinore has spent millions renovating the lake, with a new boat launch ramp and the beautiful Launch Pointe campsite location. Massive construction will not help.
- The project has been beaten back twice due to strong public opposition, a determination of economic unfeasability, and a declaration that it is not needed by CAISO yet Nevada Hydro keeps trying...