Golf course bad for Washoe Meadows

Published: Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 - 10:08 pm

Re "State should protect parks, rethink Tahoe golf project" (Viewpoints, Aug. 10): Developing Washoe Meadows State Park with a golf course concession violates park principles.

Concessions are legally authorized for the safety and convenience of the general public. John Muir and others had concerns that parks could be commercialized and degraded by inappropriate development. To keep state parks unspoiled by commercial development, Public Resources Code (PRC) 5080.03 was enacted. Subsection (b) states concessions shall not be entered into solely for their revenue producing potential. Later, PRC 5019.53 passed stating attractions in themselves shall not be undertaken in state parks.

Appropriate concessions provide needed visitor services, but are not "attractions unto themselves."

Most of Tahoe's meadows were developed to create revenue. Remaining natural meadows catch sediments streaming into the lake and must remain intact if we hope to maintain Tahoe's famous clarity.

Washoe Meadows must remain an undeveloped natural meadow, not a golf course attraction for generating revenue.

-- John Mott, Sacramento

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