MWA Approves Five Percent Ramp-down
February 28, 2018 – The Mojave Water Agency in its role as Watermaster voted, on a thin four to three majority, to continue to ramp down water usage in our valley by major water users subject to the 1996 water judgment, Directors Lowry, Cox, and Ventura voting against the ramp-down. The ramp-down reduces the base annual water allotment to each major water user to thirty-five percent of their usage prior to that 1996 judgment.
Communities Protest Solar Projects
Many high desert residents, both private individuals and organization members commented at the February 13th County Supervisors meeting protesting a number of solar projects having pending applications with County Land Use Services in Lucerne Valley, Daggett, and Newberry Springs as well as the removal from the Renewable Energy and Conservation Element (RECE) adopted in August of 2017 of Policy 4.1, and the failure so far of the county to integrate the RECE into the County General Plan.
Fourteen speakers, some present in the San Bernardino chambers and some speaking from the Hesperia and Joshua Tree remote locations, offered various reasons why the policy should be reinserted into the RECE and why conditional use permits should not be approved for solar projects proposed in Lucerne Valley, Daggett, and Newberry Springs.
Policy 4.1 and its sub-paragraphs in the adopted RECE read as follows:
Property Owners Association Takes a Stand
January 20, 2018 - Our association is in favor of a lot of things, but in order to get and preserve the good things, you’ve got to oppose the bad ones. At the January Property Owners meeting it was decided to take opposing positions in three areas and a supporting position on the elimination or alleviation of sewage sludge landspreading.
The NHPOA has written letters of support to County Supervisors expressing support for a proposed change in county landspreading provisions that will substantially limit landspreading of sewage sludge in our area.
There is currently an open request with County Planning for a permit to build massive solar photovoltaic installations in both Daggett and Newberry. Most of the installations are in the area West of Minneola beginning about one half mile east of Daggett all the way to Minneola Road, perhaps completely surrounding Barstow-Daggett airport. These installations, although always objectionable in some fashion are, in a way, only replacing previous solar installations that were sited there, one central receiver facility and one parabolic trough facility, both of which have long since been abandoned.
December Meeting Focuses on Issues and Bylaws
At the December 9 meeting nomination for offices continued and committees were formed to address the major challenges confronting Newberry-Harvard including the landspreading of sludge, billboards along interstate 40, water, and blight. Solar issues were discussed but formation of a committee to address those issues was postponed to the next meeting. Seeing that there is currently a rumor? circulating that a major central solar photovoltaic facility has been approved just West of Minneola in Daggett, the discussion at the next meeting may involve more solar than much of anything else.
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