LEAPS Project Impacts: Economic, Environmental & Cultural


Economic Impacts

- Increased Commuter Times and Associated Expenses

- Loss of Property Values

- Eminent domain and interference with property rights

- Interference with firefighting operations - placing properties and first responders at risk

- Industrialization of a residential area and a national forest resource

- No real impact on water quality 

Environmental Impacts

- Endangered Species

- Damage to Protected Public Forest Lands

- Construction Traffic and Pollution

- Destruction of undisturbed forest scenery

- Construction Traffic and Pollution

- Damage to native plants, trees and shrubs 

- Increased lake turbidity and dissolved solids

- Increased lake water temperatures due to disturbance of natural lake strata

- Destruction of Decker Canyon

- Expose residents to increased levels of Magnetic Field activity, which has been consistently shown to be associated with higher levels of cancer

Cultural Impacts - Native American Tribes

-  Luiseño People's Native American sacred sites, including sites of the tribes' creation myth. 

Luiseño Peoples include :

  • La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians
  • Pala Band of Luiseño Indians
  • Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians
  • Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians
  • Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians
  • Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians.

- Historical Sites

- Artifacts