By Miriam Raftery
October 1, 2019 (Lakeside) – Bob Turner, owner of a sand mine located on Moreno Ave. at State Route 67 in Lakeside, has applied to expand the sand mine. The issue will be heard on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. by the Lakeside Community Planning Group (LCPG) in the Lakeside Community Center. View agenda.
The documents on the specific expansion details are not available online. However journalist and Lakeside environmental activist Ana Nita states in an e-mail to ECM tonight, “Turner is applying to expand the mine below the aquifer level at 80 ft.” The sand mine was reportedly approved in 2017 at a depth of 25 feet.
Nita, who has covered the sand mine during its approval process for the East County Californian, says it shares the same aquifer as the highly contentious proposed El Monte sand mine. Shared wildlife corridors would also be impacted. Other potential issues include traffic and fire evacuation concerns.
See the reclamation plan here submitted first in 2009 and revised several times since then:
Read the back story in the articles by Nita on votes at the local planning group and county level in 2017:
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