Hearing set for Casitas water
by Kelly Feser Eells
The last time Casitas Municipal Water District invited the
public's comments on its proposed alternative swimming facility,
more commonly known as a "lazy river," the Audubon
Society turned out in force to oppose it.
At that time, nearly 10 months ago, District Manager John Johnson
made reference to the fact that the society had been equally
opposed to the first project installed under Lake Casitas' General
Recreational Devlopment Plan, the Blue Heron Water Playground,
which was completed in 1998. In response to concerns about this
project, however, CMWD had contracted a third party envionmental
consulting firm, Entrix, to work with the firm representing the
Audubon Society - the Envionmental Defense Center.
A Mitigated Negative Declaration has since been developed, which,
in addition to having been sent to various interested parties,
is available for pubic review in local libraries. A public hearing
has been scheduled for May 29, to be held in the district office
boardroom at 1055 Ventura Ave. at 7 p.m.
Entrix consultant Matt Carpenter said, "I think it's been
a really constructive process. We brought three Audubon board
members in on a meeting in February to review the draft document.
By and large, we've had open channels with them" throughout
Carpenter points out that, while he doesn't expect every Audubon
Society member or its representatives, EDC, will be 100 percent
satisfied with the report, "The process itself, listening
to the concerns relevant to the Society's local constituency
and addressing environmental issues" directly related to
this project was rewarding.
He adds that, though it is within the District's regulatory authority
to implement the General Recreation Development Plan, its decision
to make the process as interactive as possible will benefit the
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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