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Arsenic reduction costs due next month

by Regina Purcell, Nevada Appeal News Service

A report on potential costs of reducing arsenic levels in Douglas County has been delayed until February.

Last week, the Carson Water Subconservancy District postponed a cost analysis study by Brown & Caldwell of Carson City.

The feasibility study offers various alternatives to meeting tougher federal arsenic standards in wells in the eastern part of Carson Valley along with the Indian Hills water system, which does not meet new arsenic standards. Compliance is required by 2006.

In other business, the district:

— elected new officers for 2003 — Bob Milz of Lyon County as chairman, Douglas County Commissioner Kelly Kite, vice chair; Gwen Washburn of Churchill County, second vice chair; Pete Livermore, Carson City supervisor, treasurer; and Toni Leffler, from the district staff, secretary.

— approved interim funding of $20,300 for the Carson Valley Conservation District’s work at the Ambrose Nature Area.

— adopted a new policy on how funds are used for the acquisition and construction fund.

District Manager Ed James said the board decided to disburse those funds as a grant, determine each case on an individual basis, develop a regional map for considering each project, and consider annually if income from Mud Lake and Lost Lakes goes to the general fund or the acquisition and construction fund.