What you can do

Fortunately we live in a country that gives people a chance to determine our destiny.  On this page we have listed some of the things that we all can do to make our voices heard concerning the future of Van Norden Lake and wetlands. In light of the current plan of TDLT to drain the lake, we urge you to contact (preferably by email) the officials listed below if you want to preserve the lake and wetlands.

UPDATE – TDLT has submitted an application for their project to drain the lake and wetlands. You can contact the senior planning person in charge directly at Nevada County by clicking here.

Contact your elected officials

Luckily the fate of the Summit Valley is not up to Truckee Donner Land Trust alone. In this country our elected officials are responsible for overseeing the natural resources that all of us enjoy. One of the great advantages of our democratic society is that we get to contact those officials to make our voices heard to influence the decisions that are made for the common good. Listed here are the names and contact information for all of the public officials that have some sort of jurisdiction over the Summit Valley. We encourage you to contact them by whatever means and let them know that you want to preserve Van Norden Lake and Wetlands.

Federal Officials:

  • Senator Diane Feinstein       Address: Hart Senate Office Buildin, Room 331, 120 Constitution Ave NE, Washington DC 20510      Phone: 202-224-3841   Email
  • Senator Barbara Boxer    Address: Hart Senate Office Buildin, Room 112, 120 Constitution Ave NE, Washington DC 20510    Phone: 202-224-3553      Email
  • Congressman Doug LaMalfa      Address: District FH-CA01, Cannon House Office Building, Room 506, 25 Independence Ave. SE, Washington DC 20515      Phone: 202-225-3076         Email

State Officials:

  • Governor Jerry Brown     Address: c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814  Phone: 916-445-2841      Email
  • Assemblyman Brian Dahle     Address: 280 Hemsted Dr., Suite #110, Redding, CA 96002      Phone: 530-223-6300      Email
  • State Senator Ted Gaines      Address: State Capitol, Room 3070, Sacramento, CA 95814      Phone: 916-651-4001      Email

Nevada County Officials:

  • District 5 Supervisor Richard Anderson       Address: 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada, City, CA 95959     Phone: 530-265-1480       Email

Placer County:

  • District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery     Address: Placer County Supervisor, District 5, 175 Fulweiler Avenue, Auburn, CA 95603     Phone:        Email

Contact Agency Officials

The two main agencies currently involved in the fate of the lake and wetlands are the Truckee Donner Land Trust and USForest Service. They can be contacted at

  • Truckee Donner Land Trust     Address: P.O. Box 8816, Truckee, CA 96162    Phone: 530-582-4711    Email
  • US Forest Service – Tahoe National Forest      Address: Truckee Ranger District, 10811 Stockrest Springs Road, Truckee CA 96161      Phone: 530-587-3558      Email

Contact Conservation and Environmental Organizations

There are many organizations dedicated to environmental preservation that many of you probably already support. Writing to them about Van Norden Lake and Wetlands could help to enlist their support. As you many have noticed, two organizations familiar to the summit, Nature Conservancy and SYRCL, have written supporting letters for the Land Trust plan. If you believe as I do that they are misguided in this stand to remove bio-diverse habitat then contact them and let them know how you feel.

 Letters To The Editor

For those of you with a flair for writing we urge you to send a letter to the editor (up to 300 words) of the Truckee newspaper the Sierra Sun and voice your feelings. You can submit a letter at


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