Kirkwood Resort Fined Over Wetlands Contamination

Kirkwood Resort Fined Over Wetlands Contamination 

Kirkwood Resort has been fined over wetlands contamination. The resort was recently fined $754,732 for contamination to a creek discovered last spring. Over the course of a routine snow removal on an unpaved parking lot during the 2015-16 winter season, asphalt grindings were picked up in the snow and ultimately their way into the wetlands around nearby Kirkwood Creek. In a letter to Vail Resorts, inspectors from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife expressed concerns about the impact the asphalt would have on the surface and ground water and also charged the company with a clean water act violation. Penalties for the fine will be distributed between the two responsible agencies and a large chunk of money $357,745, will be placed in a state fund to be used on future aquatic restoration projects benefitting Alpine and Amador County watersheds. Kevin Cooper, senior communications manager for Kirkwood  Mountain Resort says the remediation efforts exceed cleanup requirements and the resort will continue towards completion of remediation efforts as quickly as possible. The resort has been working closely with both CDFW and the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board since receiving notice of this incident last year. 

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