Raspberry  Falls  Community    Ferry  Road,  in  Loudoun  County,  Virginia    206  approved  4-­‐6  bedroom  homes    Pub...
The  Raspberry              Falls  Development              is  approximately            1  mile  away  from              ...
Issues  Specific  to  Water                                 3-­‐D  Image  of  Limestone  Geology                          ...
Raspberry  Falls  Community  Water  System                           DIAGRAM  OF  TREATMENT  AND  DISTRIBUTION            ...
1/24/2011   5
Bacterial  Contamination  Spikes  2008-­‐2009   Raspberry  Falls  Primary  Community  Well  #2 1/24/2011                  ...
To  our  Delegates  of  the  Virginia  General  Assembly  From  the  Raspberry  Falls  Community,  Leesburg,  Virginia  Dr...
Digging  into  history  of  Loudouns  Limestone  Overlay  District             Sunday,  June  6,  2010       "Its  like  a...
Loudoun  Water  Communications  That  Concern  Us      Q.  Where  did  the  groundhog  theory  come  from,  what  are  the...
Raspberry  Falls  Community  -­-­ MapLocation  of  Nine  (9)DecayingBuffaloCarcassesonWright  FarmProperty         Yellow ...
Location  of                Nine  (9)             Decaying              Buffalo            Carcasses                 on   ...
Loudoun  Water  Communications  That  Concern  UsINCIDENT:      In  February  2010,  residents  discovered  approximately ...
Zone  of  Influence  Around                Raspberry  Falls  Primary  Well  #1Pile  of  Trash   and  Debris               ...
Loudoun  Water  Communications  That  Concern  Us        Q.  Where  is  the  contamination  coming  from?            large...
A  LONG  TERM  WATER              SOLUTION  FOR              RASPBERRY  FALLS  SHOULD  NOT  INVOLVE              PUTTING  ...
Zone  of  Influence  Around          Raspberry  Falls  Primary  Well  #1Commercial  Dumpster   Commercial  Fuel           ...
Information  about  PW-­1  GUDI  DeterminationNovember  24,  2010Dear  Raspberry Falls  Resident,  On  November  23,  2010...
RF  Questions  for  Dr.  Wes  Kleene    1. How  could  current  development  plans  based  on  community  well  systems  e...
RF  Questions  for  Dr.  Wes  Kleene     4. What  steps  were  immediately  taken  when  Loudoun  Water  and  the  Virgini...
RF  Questions  for  Dr.  Wes  Kleene    9.    How  many  wells  have  been  drilled  in  Raspberry  Falls?    How  many  a...
RF  Questions  for  Dr.  Wes  Kleene   15.      In  2009,  the  Virginia  Department  of  Health  (VDH)  declared  Raspber...
RF  Questions  for  Dr.  Wes  Kleene     19.    Some  members  of  the  Loudoun  County  Board  of  Supervisors  have  dec...
RF  Questions  for  Dr.  Wes  Kleene      22. Does  the  VDH  or  Virginia  Department  of  Environmental  Quality  regula...
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  1. 1. Raspberry  Falls  Community Ferry  Road,  in  Loudoun  County,  Virginia 206  approved  4-­‐6  bedroom  homes Public  Golf  Course  community Now  served  by  a  single  well  shared  with  Public   Golf  CourseContact  People: Holly  Krauss   hkrauss70@aol.com Mitchell  Zuckerman   mitchell.zuckerman@sothebys.com1/24/2011 1
  2. 2. The  Raspberry   Falls  Development   is  approximately 1  mile  away  from   the  Town  of   Leesburg  limits1/24/2011 2
  3. 3. Issues  Specific  to  Water   3-­‐D  Image  of  Limestone  Geology Types  of  Pollution  that  Wells  Located  in   can  Influence  Limestone  Geology   Limestone  Geology  Because  surface  water  can  rapidly   Water  Wellsenter  into  the  groundwater  system   Because  of  the  rapid  transport  of  and  move  quickly  through  channels   water  from  the  ground  surface  in  created  in  the  limestone  rock,  private   karst  terrain,  there  is  a  high  risk  of  drinking  water  wells  located  in  karst   pollution.  Streams  and  surface  aquifers  are  more  susceptible  to   runoff  that  enter  sinkholes  or  contamination  than  those  in  other   caves  bypass  the  natural  filtration  types  of  aquifers.  http://www.loudoun.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=2353 through  the  soil  and  provide  a  #issues direct  conduit  for  contaminants  to   enter  the  groundwater.  Because  Two  main  types  of   groundwater  in  karst  aquifers  pollution  that  can   travels  quickly,  contaminants  can   be  transmitted  quickly  to  wells  and  influence  karst  geology   other  drinking  water  sources  in  the  water  wells.   areas  connected  to  that  aquifer.Nonpoint-­‐source  PollutionNonpoint-­‐source  pollution  comes  from  a  widely  distributed  source,  and  is  not   Point-­‐Source  Pollution  easily  identified.  Its  also  called  "runoff   Point-­‐source  pollution  enters  into  pollution."  Types  of  nonpoint-­‐source   the  groundwater  supply  or  aquifer  pollution  can  include: through  an  easily  identified  distinct  -­‐Runoff  from  golf  courses,  roads,  and       location  through  a  distinct  route.  parking  lots   Most  of  the  pollution  that  enters  -­‐Soil  washed  from  farm  fields  &   karst  aquifers  will  be  from  construction  sites   nonpoint-­‐source  pollution;  -­‐Animal  waste  from  feedlots   however,  there  are  some  instances  -­‐Waste  from  failing  [septic]  drainfields   Abandoned  wells,  old  hand-­‐dug  farm  wells,  and  cisterns  often   where  pollution  may  occur  from  -­‐Pesticides  from  lawns   represent  direct  connections  between  the  surface  and  the  karst   point-­‐source  pollution.  Potential  -­‐Trash  dumped  in  sinkholes,  and   aquifer.  Abandoned  wells  should  be  properly  plugged  with  clean   types  of  point-­‐source  pollution  -­‐Fertilizers rock  (in  the  water  zone)  and  sand-­‐cement  grout  (to  the  surface)  to   that  may  occur  are: 1/24/2011 prevent  runoff  from  migrating  directly  to  the  groundwater.   -­‐Wastewater     3 -­‐Leaking  fuel  storage  tanks
  4. 4. Raspberry  Falls  Community  Water  System DIAGRAM  OF  TREATMENT  AND  DISTRIBUTION Undersized  40,000  gal  Storage  Tank   Treatment Chlorine  Disinfection  by   injection  of  Sodium   Hypochlorite  prior  to   storagePumps,  Pump  Facilities,  and  Controls Distribution  System Water  Source1/24/2011 4
  5. 5. 1/24/2011 5
  6. 6. Bacterial  Contamination  Spikes  2008-­‐2009   Raspberry  Falls  Primary  Community  Well  #2 1/24/2011 6
  7. 7. To  our  Delegates  of  the  Virginia  General  Assembly From  the  Raspberry  Falls  Community,  Leesburg,  Virginia Draft  Amendment  to  15.2-­‐2110  of  the  Virginia  Code   "D.   If  any  component  well  in  an  existing community  water  system,  which  has  more  than  50   connections  to  individual  residences  and  is  located  in  a  karst  geology  area  of  the  Commonwealth,   is found  to  have   been  determined  by  the  Virginia  Department  of  Health to  have Groundwater   Under  the  Direct  Influence  Of  Surface  Water  ("GUDI") contamination or  to  be  the  source  of  non   potable  water,  or  to  pose  any  threat  of  contraction  or  spread  of  any  infectious,  contagious  or   dangerous  disease, or  to  have  failed  in  any  other  way and  further,  if  any  water  main  or other   source  for  a  Municipal  System piped  water  supply is  located  within  3 miles  of  a  community with   a  GUDI  or failed  component  well  as  defined  above,  then  in  the  interests  of  public  health,  safety   and  welfare,  all  users and/or  the  service  provider  operator  of  such  existing  community  water   system  shall  be  entitled to  connect  to  said water  main   or  Municipal  System source  of  piped   public  water  to  the  community.   Said  users  and/or  the  service  provider  operator  of  the  existing   community water system  may  be  charged  a reasonable fee  for  the  connection  to  the  water   main or  the  Municipal  System,  comparable  to  such  fees  charged  to  other  users. If  the  service   provider  operator  of  the  community  water  system  and  the  operator  or  owner  of  the Municipal   System are  different  entities  or  located  in  different  localities,  the  owner/operator  of   said Municipal  System nevertheless shall  be  obligated  to provide  water,  without   objection, subject  to an  agreement  for reasonable  charges  for  the  water  provided  from  the   Municipal  System  source based  on  the  reasonable  cost  of  providing  said  central  piped   water.   Homeowners  in  a  karst  geology  area  of  the  Commonwealth  who  rely  on  private  wells   within  the  service  area  of  any  community  with  an  existing  community  water  system  component   well  which  is  found  to  be  GUDI  or  to  have  failed  as  described  above,  shall  have  the  same  rights,   privileges  and  obligations  as  users  of  the  community  water  system.   A  special  tax  district  may  be   established  in  order  to  finance  any  construction  or  other  costs,  charges  or  fees  associated  with  the   provision  of  water  under  this  section  of  the  Code."1/24/2011 7
  8. 8. Digging  into  history  of  Loudouns  Limestone  Overlay  District Sunday,  June  6,  2010   "Its  like  a  sponge  with  holes,"  said  Alex  Blackburn  of   the  countys  Department  of  Building  and   Development,  adding  that  many  areas  are  susceptible   to  collapse  and  that  underground  passageways  can   carry  pollutants  into  neighboring  wells.   Don  Michael,  a  well  driller  whose  bits  have  pierced   area  house  sites,  said:  "Its  like  a  maze  underneath   there.  Water  travels  so  fast  it  doesnt  have  a  chance  to   get  purified.  A  cavern  can  then  fill  in  with  a  pastelike   mud,  thick  as  mashed  potatoes  -­‐-­‐ the  residue  of   dissolved  rock  that  doesnt  get  carried  off  with  the   water."         http://www.washingtonpost.com/1/24/2011 8
  9. 9. Loudoun  Water  Communications  That  Concern  Us Q.  Where  did  the  groundhog  theory  come  from,  what  are  their  qualifications,   and  explain  how  a  groundhog  hole  is  acting  as  a  conduit  for  bacteria  entering   the  water  table? A. There  are  several  sinkholes  in  the  Raspberry  subdivision.  Many  of  these   sinkholes  have  groundhog  holes  in  them.  We  have  no  idea  how  complex   the  warrens  are  and  how  many  groundhogs  are  in  them.  They  are,   however,  in  sinkholes  -­-­ the  depressions  that  accumulate  water  and  can  act   as  direct  conduits  to  the  groundwater.  Rain  events  could  very  easily  wash   pollution  from  animal  droppings  or  decaying  carcasses  from  the  warrens   into  the  groundwater.  Licensed  hydrogeologists identified  the  groundhog   holes  and  have  clearly  stated  in  a  draft  report  that  they  are  a  potential   source  of  contamination.  The  closer  a  potential  pollution  source  is  to  a  well,   the  higher  the  likelihood  of  the  source  actually  impacting  the  well.  This   likelihood  is  increased  if  the  source  is  up  gradient  (generally  uphill)  of  the   well.  The  closest  groundhog  holes  are  within  a  few  hundred  feet  of  one  of   the  drinking  water  wells  for  Raspberry  Falls  and  are  up  gradient  from  Well   #1. Source:    Loudounwater.org   Raspberry  Falls  Q&A 1/24/2011 9
  10. 10. Raspberry  Falls  Community  -­-­ MapLocation  of  Nine  (9)DecayingBuffaloCarcassesonWright  FarmProperty Yellow  small  tacks  =  identified  sinkholes Small  red  =  septic  tanks  and  drainfields Big  White  Tack  =  Planned  RF  Well  F Small  green  =  test  wells Small  blue  =  private  wells 1/24/2011 10 Big  tacks  =  community  wells,  golf  course  irrigation  wells,  plains  of  Raspberry  well,  community  waste  sys
  11. 11. Location  of   Nine  (9) Decaying Buffalo Carcasses on Wright  Farm Property Feb  2010 Visible   Sinkhole1/24/2011 11
  12. 12. Loudoun  Water  Communications  That  Concern  UsINCIDENT:      In  February  2010,  residents  discovered  approximately  9  buffalo  carcasses  and  countless  skeletons intentionally  dumped  at  the  border  between  the  Wright  Farm  and  Raspberry  Falls.  The  topography  was  wet  and  sloped  downward  from  the  dump  site  to  the  well  head  area  for  Well  #2.    We  made  the  assumption  that  the  products  of  the  decomposing  buffalo  were  draining  through  Karst  fissures  into  our  groundwater.    These  include  bacteria,  parasites,  toxic  chemicals   and  viruses  which  are  not  addressed  by  chlorine  disinfection  of  our  water  supply.  What  tests  did  Loudoun  Water  perform  to  check  for  such  pathogens?  Why  did  the  county  health  department  not  seek  a  the  dead  animals  into  the  reservoir,  there  is  no  doubt  that  the  health  department  would  have  initiated  a  criminal  investigation.  How  is  this  incident  any  different? Bison Information  About  Bison  (March  11,  [2010]  5  pm) Loudoun  Water  is  aware  that a  farm  adjacent  to  the  Raspberry  Falls  property   lost  some  bison  over  the  winter  and  those  animals  were  left  to  die  on  the   property.  We  have  no  knowledge  how  or  why  they  died.  Animal  Control   investigated  and  "is  not  concerned." The  property  owner  plans  to  move  (or   has  moved)  the  carcasses  further  from  their  property  line.  Loudoun  Water   took  samples  of  raw  water  (prior  to  treatment)  and  finished  water  (after   treatment)  for  analysis  on  Tuesday  as  part  of  its  regular  weekly  monitoring   protocol.  Results  from  this  week  and  last  week  were  normal. The  Raspberry   Falls  well  water  is  safe  to  drink  and  use  as  normal. http://www.loudounwater.org/view.aspx?id=913&terms=raspberry 1/24/2011 12
  13. 13. Zone  of  Influence  Around   Raspberry  Falls  Primary  Well  #1Pile  of  Trash   and  Debris   Golf  Club  leaf  composting  pile  of  more  than  500  cubic  feet   AtGolf  Course  Maintenance   The  self-­policing  efforts Facility of  the  residents  of Raspberry  Falls resulted  in  the  clean-­up of  this  Golf  Course   1/24/2011 Maintenance  area 13
  14. 14. Loudoun  Water  Communications  That  Concern  Us Q.  Where  is  the  contamination  coming  from?     large  leaf/mulch  pile  on  the  golf  course  was  the   source  of  bacteria  finding  its  way  into  the  well,   since  once  that  pile  was  cleared  away,  we  saw   bacti  readings  return  to  normal.  But  a  subsequent   round  of  sampling  showed  a  similar  spike.   Geologists  believe  that  a  series  of  groundhog   holes  within  the  karst  are  one  of  the  possible  entry   points  for  rain  and  surface  water  that  naturally   carry  bacteria  within  them. Source:    Loudounwater.org   Raspberry  Falls  Q&A1/24/2011 14
  15. 15. A  LONG  TERM  WATER   SOLUTION  FOR   RASPBERRY  FALLS  SHOULD  NOT  INVOLVE   PUTTING  MORE  HOLES  IN  THE  GROUND  1/24/2011 15
  16. 16. Zone  of  Influence  Around   Raspberry  Falls  Primary  Well  #1Commercial  Dumpster Commercial  Fuel   Sludge  Pit  from  Golf   Storage  Tank Course  Maintenance   Vehicle  Washdown Sludge  Pit   Sludge  Pit  (Close  up) (after  rainfall) The  self-­‐policing  efforts of  the  residents  of Raspberry  Falls resulted  in  the  clean-­‐up of  this  Golf  course   maintenance area 1/24/2011 16
  17. 17. Information  about  PW-­1  GUDI  DeterminationNovember  24,  2010Dear  Raspberry Falls  Resident,  On  November  23,  2010,  Loudoun  Water  was  officially  informed  by  the  Virginia  Department  of  Health  (VDH)  that  the  results  of  a  six-­month  series  of  tests  on  Well  PW-­Under  the  Direct  Influence  of  Surface  Water  or  GUDI. If  a  well  is  labeled  GUDI,  the  degree  of  treatment  required  for  the  untreated  water  is  the  same  as  that  required  for  untreated  water  pulled  from  a  surface  water  source. Therefore,  once  we  were  first  informed  by  VDH  on  November  16,  2010,  that  a  GUDI  determination  was  possible,  PW-­1  was  immediately  taken  out  of  service.        http://www.loudounwater.org/view.aspx?id=1251&terms=raspberry Why is Well PW-­1 now considered GUDI when it wasn t before? The nature of water wells in karst geology is that any well could become GUDI over time. This situation is not unique to Raspberry Falls. Other water wells throughout the Shenandoah Valley have also become GUDI over time. More information about wells in karst geology is provided by Loudoun County government and can be found by clicking here. http://www.loudounwater.org/view.aspx?id=99&terms=raspberry 1/24/2011 17
  18. 18. RF  Questions  for  Dr.  Wes  Kleene 1. How  could  current  development  plans  based  on  community  well  systems  ever  have   been  approved  for  a  community  in  a  known  Limestone  Karst  geology  when  the  county   hydrologist  recommended  against  it?  Over  10  years  ago,  the  potential  impacts   regarding  contaminated  drinking  water  were  already  known.  There  were  Identified   sources  of  contamination  within  Raspberry  Falls  and  adjacent  properties:    EPA   Impaired  Streams  (e-­‐coli  &  coliform),    sinkholes,  un-­‐lined  storm  water  ponds,  bison   farm,  dairy  farm,  private  alternative  septics,  chemical  storage  tanks,  medical   psychiatric  facility,  golf  course,  improperly  abandoned  wells,  waste  water  treatment   plant. 2. Initial  source  water  studies  for  well  1  &  well  2  specify  both  wells  at  high  risk  for  source   water  contamination.    Why  was  no  filtration  required?    Why  have  special  waivers  been   requested  and  issued  to  not  test  for  fertilizer,  poisons,  and  chemicals  knowing  we  live   on  a  golf  course  in  karst? 3. How  was  VDH  recently  able  to  determine  the  bison  farm  (riddled  with  sinkholes)  is  not   a  contamination  source  to  our  wells  as  it  is  about  700  feet  away  from  well  #2?    RF   hydrogeological  experts  have  noted  RF  wells  could  potentially  draw  contaminations   from  up  to  23  kilometers  away?1/24/2011 18
  19. 19. RF  Questions  for  Dr.  Wes  Kleene 4. What  steps  were  immediately  taken  when  Loudoun  Water  and  the  Virginia  Office   of  Drinking  Water  became  aware  that  there  was  a  significant  spike  of  e-­‐coli  in   Raspberry  Falls  Well  #1  raw  water  in  2006?  When  specifically  was  the  event   recorded?    When  specifically  was  the  well  shut  down  from  further  production?     issued? 5. How  many  boil  water  alerts  have  been  issued?    Have  any  boil  water  alerts  not  been   issued  when  they  should  have  been?    How  many,  when,  for  what  reason? 6. When  was  the  public  golf  course  added  to  the  Raspberry  Falls  residential  water   system? 7. Why  did  the  golf  course  shut  down  their  drinking  water  well? 8. When  the  public  golf  course  was  added  to  Raspberry  Falls  water  system  did  the   number  of  users  reflect  the  type  and  frequency  of  testing?    How  has  Loudoun   Water  increased  type  and  frequency  to  reflect  the  true  number  of  people  living  in   Raspberry  Falls?    How  many  people  are  permitted  to  use  RF  drinking  water  wells?     How  many  people  are  actually  drinking  from  RF  wells,  including  public  facilities  and   commercial  useage?1/24/2011 19
  20. 20. RF  Questions  for  Dr.  Wes  Kleene 9. How  many  wells  have  been  drilled  in  Raspberry  Falls?    How  many  are  able  to  produce  a  viable   drinking  water  source? 10. Why  did  VDH  need  to  grant  a  special  exception  to  Loudoun  Water  for  well  F?    Has  well  F  been   approved?    Has  Well  F  shown  indicators  of  surface  water  influence?    What  has  taken  so  long  to  bring   Well  F  on  line  as  it  was  promised  in  2009? 11. Aside  from  Well  F  and  well  #2  are  there  any  other  viable  drinking  water  sources  in  RF?    Any  that  do   not  require  a  special  exception? 12. Given  that  Well  #2  has  been  found  to  have  high  levels  of  algae,  consistent  coliform,  e-­‐ coli,  protozoa,   and  pollen;  why  is  an  immediate,  temporary  solution  not  already  in  place  to  provide  residents  with   safe  water  given  the  significant  possibility  that conditions  responsible  for  the  recent  VDH   Groundwater  Under  the  Direct  Influence  of  Surface  Water  (GUDI)  determination  may  apply  to  all   wells  within  our  community? 13. Since  well  #2  has  become  Raspberry  Falls  only  source  of  drinking  water  numerous  people  have   complained  of  GI  issues  and  rashes.    3  Calls  were  made  within  the  past  2  weeks  from  residents  to   Loudoun  County  Health  Department.    No  calls  have  been  returned,  why? 14. In  2008,  the  EPA  offered  to  perform  a  dye  trace  study  that  would  show  which  RF  wells  are  GUDI.  The   dye  trace  test  was  requested  in  November  2009,  with  an  expected  start  date  of  May  2010.    Why  has   Loudoun  Water  prevented  the  study?  Will  EPA  be  fully  supported  in  performing  the  critical  dye  trace   Loudoun  County,  Loudoun  Water,  contractors,  builders,  business  owners,  land  owners,  or  any  of   their  representing  attorneys  attempting  to  manipulate  the  way  the  EPA  wants  to  conduct  their   study?1/24/2011 20
  21. 21. RF  Questions  for  Dr.  Wes  Kleene 15.      In  2009,  the  Virginia  Department  of  Health  (VDH)  declared  Raspberry  Falls  Well  #1  was   not  GUDI  despite  clear  evidence  to  the  contrary.  Evidence  included  bacteria  and  algae   in  the  well  that  spiked  with  rain.  This  was  clear  evidence  that  surface  contamination   flows  through  karst  channels  into  the  groundwater  acquifer  without  being  filtered  by   soil  particles.  After  the  residents  of  the  Raspberry  Falls  community  sent  multiple  letters   to  the  VDH  in  2010  documenting  the  errors  of  the  2009  review,  VDH  reversed  itself  and   declared  the  well  GUDI.  In  2011,  VDH  and  Loudoun  Water  say  the  backup  well  #2  is  not   GUDI.  Given  the  statement  by  the  head  of  Loudoun  Water  that  wells  in  karst  may   become  polluted  over  time,  and  the  error  by  VDH  in  its  2009  finding,  knowing  well  #2   has  shown  e-­‐coli,  coliform,  algae  and  pollen,  why  should  we  believe  their  statement   that  well  #2  is  not  GUDI  ? 16.      In  January  2010,  LW  stated  it  would  add  a  UV  filter,  increase  the  capacity  of  the  storage   tank  and  make  the  fire  hydrants  operational.  More  than  a  year  has  passed.  Not  a  single   promised  improvement  has  been  made  and  our  primary  well  has  been  shut  down  due   to  bacterial  contamination.  Why  is  it  taking  so  long  when  our  health  is  at  risk? 17.      Why  are  Van  Metre  and  K.  Hovnanian  still  selling  homes  in  this  community  and   connecting  more  homes  to  the  community  well  water  system  when  its  now  clear  the   current  community  well  system  is  overtaxed,  over  permitted  capacity,  contaminated,   unsustainable,  and  there  is  no  alternate  solution  in  place  yet? 18.    One  of  the  options  being  reviewed  is  construction  of  a  filtration  plant  for  the   community  well  system.  What  experience  does  Loudoun  Water  have  in  constructing   and  maintaining  such  a  plant?1/24/2011 21
  22. 22. RF  Questions  for  Dr.  Wes  Kleene 19.    Some  members  of  the  Loudoun  County  Board  of  Supervisors  have  declared  that  the   Loudoun  County  Comprehensive  Plan  prohibits  extension  of  public  water  to  the   Raspberry  Falls  community.  We  have  read  the  plan  and  find  no  such  restriction.   Specifically  what  restriction  is  being  referenced? 20. The  Mayor  of  the  Town  of  Leesburg  says  she  will  not  extend  public  water  past   Leesburg  town  boundaries.  However,  the  Town  of  Leesburg  allowed  public  water  to   be  extended  to  the  Dupont  Equine  Center  outside  the  town  boundary  immediately   South  of  our  community.    Further,  the  Town  of  Leesburg  extended  water  utilities  to   the  newly  built  Tuscarora  High  School  (also  originally  outside  Town  boundaries)   which  is  located  1  mile  South  of  the  Raspberry  Falls  community.    Why  does  the   Town  of  Leesburg  make  exceptions  for  some  but  not  others?    Given  the  issues  of   public  health  associated  with  a  contaminated  water  supply,  why  is  a  special   exception  not  being  made  for  our  community? 21. Some  members  of  the  Loudoun  County  Board  of  Supervisors  have  stated  that   Raspberry  Falls  is  located  in  a  rural  district.  How  can  this  statement  be  true  since  the   County  approved  the  developers  plan  in  1990  to  construct  a  golf  course  and  200   homes  on  primarily  1  acre  lots?  How  is  that  consistent  with  preserving  a  district  of   farms  and  horse  pastures?  If  the  goal  was  to  preserve  a  rural  district,  why  did  the   county  construct  a  large  new  high  school  campus  in  the  same  district  (Tuscarora   High  School,  Leesburg,  VA)   http://cmsweb1.loudoun.k12.va.us/Tuscarora/site/default.asp1/24/2011 22
  23. 23. RF  Questions  for  Dr.  Wes  Kleene 22. Does  the  VDH  or  Virginia  Department  of  Environmental  Quality  regulate  the  water   quality  of  the  stormwater pond  located  on  the  Raspberry  Falls  property?  Why  is   this  pond  not  lined  to  prevent  seepage  of  runoff  contaminants  into  the   usage  of  fertilizers  or  pesticides  all  of  which  may  seep  into  or  runoff  into  the   23. Did  the  Raspberry  Falls  Golf  Course  originally  have  their  own  drinking  water  well?     Was  this  well  abandoned?    For  what  reason? 24. Non  Compliers  (Waterworks)  for  enforcement  targeting? 25. It  is  our  understanding  that  Raspberry  Falls  Golf  Course  irrigation  wells  are   drawing  200,000+  gpd and  Raspberry  Falls  potable  drinking  water  well  is  drawing   100,000+  gpd from  our  groundwater  aquifer  located  in  Karst  geology.   The   developer  is  continuing  to  sell  homes  and  add  connections  to  our  fragile   community  well.   Could  you  please  lay  out  the  potential  long  term  impacts  of  over   pumping  of  wells  especially  relating  to  formation  of  sinkholes,  altercation  of   sinking/losing  underground  streams,  and  structural  damage  to  homes  and   underground  water/sewer  pipes?   Does  it  make  sense  to  reduce  connections  of   high  production  wells,  thus  reducing  the  burden  for  the  aquifer  in  this  heavily   populated  area,  noting  a  municipal  water  supply  is  approximately  1  mile   away?   Does  it  make  sense  to  stop  future  exploration  for  potable  water  wells  in   this  contaminated  area?  1/24/2011 23

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