- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

RENO, NEV. (AP) - California regulators say a state water board has imposed a record-setting $2.75 million fine against the developer of an expansion project at a Sierra Nevada ski resort.

State engineers say the fine stems from Northstar Mountain Properties’ failure to prevent stormwater from entering the Truckee River, a major water source for the Reno, Nev.

The company has been constructing residential and commercial projects at the Northstar ski resort just north of Lake Tahoe.

Regulators say the fine is the largest ever imposed by one of California’s regional water boards for a stormwater-related violation during a construction project.

A Northstar Mountain Properties spokesman says the violations occurred in 2006, when the company tried to do too much during Sierra’s limited construction season.

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