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avatar June Mountain Ski Area Test Well Project
May 23, 2014 04:56PM
The Inyo National Forest has received a proposal from June Mountain Ski Area (JMSA) to drill three or four test wells at JMSA for snowmaking for ski trails. The purpose of this initial phase of the project is to drill test wells with the objective of locating groundwater in sufficient quantity to support additional snowmaking at mid-elevation and upper mountain ski trails. This initial phase of the project only involves drilling the test wells and performing pump tests. Three of the test wells are located in the vicinity of the base of chair lifts 4 and 7. A fourth test well would be located near the base area building and parking lot.

NEPA analysis for this proposal is expected to be a Categorical Exclusion. If sufficient water is located to justify a “production well”, a separate NEPA analysis would be initiated and would include an additional opportunity to provide comments. That analysis would include a new hydrologic analysis to be contracted by the proponent.

If you are interested in this proposal and would like to learn more about this project or if you would like to provide input for the “test well” project analysis, please submit your comments to project lead Rod Wilson by June 15, 2014. You will then be included on a project mailing list and will receive future information related to this project.

Contact Mr. Wilson by email at rmwilson@fs.fed.us, by phone at 760-924-5518, or send comments by mail to Rod Wilson, Mammoth Ranger District, Inyo National Forest, P.O. Box 148, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.
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