In the past few weeks we have spent a considerable amount of time investigating the claims that have been made by the U.S Forest Service and the Truckee Donner Land Trust (TDLT) to support their drastic action of draining Van Norden Lake and Meadow. The culmination of that research has been summarized in a document we are calling the Blue Paper – The Future of Summit Valley. We have strived to not only present data to refute the statements that have been made both by the TDLT and the Forest Service, but also to provide authoritative references and agency contact information to support our assertions.
We urge everyone to read the Blue Paper and consult the references to make sure you know all of the facts so that you can make a fully informed decision about what the the best course of action is for the Summit Valley. We have also written an open letter to TDLT in which we challenge them to return to their core values of preservation and avoid an irreversible environmental mistake that will drastically destroy a unique and vital natural jewel in the Summit Valley.