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Rubicon Trail & Water Quality Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Randy Burleson

E-mail: [email protected]

February 9th, 2009

Water Quality Board Extends Comment Period, Plans Fact-Finding Meeting

March meeting scheduled to discuss the actual issues/conditions on the Rubicon Trail

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (CVRWQB) reported Wednesday that they will be extending the comment period on their Draft Abatement Order to obtain more information on water quality-related education, mitigation, and management of the Rubicon Trail. The comment period was originally scheduled to end on February 23, but has been extended until March 31. Rubicon Trail Foundation welcomes this opportunity to share more full details about the Rubicon Trail.

In mid-March, the Water Quality Control Board will convene a meeting between trail closure advocates and OHV activists, with representatives from the responsible agency, El Dorado Countys Department of Transportation, as well as representatives from affected agencies such as the Forest Service, the Department of Fish and Game, and the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Department. The Water Quality Control Board is scheduling this meeting and extending the comment period as a fact finding mission and a discussion of completed, ongoing, and planned mitigation efforts, proven best management practices, and schedules. Discussion may also include what stakeholders would like to see in the future for the Rubicon Trail.

Randy Burleson, President of the Rubicon Trail Foundation, stated that OHV users welcome the openness of the Water Quality Board to hear the full story of the many improvements which have already been completed, are now in progress, or are planned for the Rubicon. The few individuals lobbying to close and/or restrict trail usage omitted details of effective mitigations, decreased traffic, and improved trail conditions. We look forward to sharing these facts with the Regional Water Quality Board, and adding them to the list of agency partners working together for the good of the Rubicon Trail. Friends of the Rubicon and Rubicon Trail Foundation work well together, and have successfully partnered with El Dorado County, Placer County, El Dorado National Forest, Tahoe National Forest, the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Board, and the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division.

Please join the Rubicon Trail Foundation in providing substantive comments to the Water Quality Control Board, especially those regarding the abatement order, or the Assessment of Sediment Delivery from the Rubicon Trail study cited in it. The March meeting agenda will focus on best management practice and working together to form an abatement order that 4x4 and OHV users and closure advocates alike can live with the Foundation needs your help to shine light on all of these issues in your letters. Questions and comments may be directed to CVRWQBs Sue McConnell by email [email protected] please copy the Foundation on any comments at [email protected]. The Foundation lists discussion points at our website: Welcome to Rubicon Trail Foundation.

The Rubicon Trail Foundation was formed in 2004. We are a federally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to the future health of the Rubicon Trail and our mission is to enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon Trail, while ensuring responsible motorized year-round trail access. We work with the individuals, clubs, organizations, and agencies to maintain and manage the trail. Our Officers and Directors represent a wide variety of Rubicon Trail OHV users, land owners, county representatives, manufacturers, and event organizers.

More information is available at Welcome to Rubicon Trail Foundation

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If you would like more information on this topic, or to schedule an interview with a representative of the Rubicon Trail Foundation, please e-mail [email protected]

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