Developers near Lake Tahoe agree to pollution settlement

Developers of a luxury mountain resort near Lake Tahoe have agreed to a proposed $2.75 million settlement for allegedly polluting a stream feeding the wild trophy trout waters of Martis Creek Reservoir.

If approved by environmental authorities, the payment would be the largest ever rendered in the enforcement of construction runoff in California, said Scott Ferguson, enforcement chief with the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board.

The state began issuing storm water runoff permits for construction sites in 1992 to curb runoff of sediment into waterways during excavation.

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