Squaw Valley Releases Statement On Water Safety Improvements

The authorities at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, California, have just released a statement on the status of their water supply. In this latest update, Squaw Valley said it was making substantial progress in treating both the coliform bacteria and E. coli in the upper mountain’s water system.


Staff at Squaw Valley first discovered the presence of E. coli in their water supply in early November. Squaw Valley officials contacted the Placer County Department of Environmental Health on November 8th and the two teams have been working together ever since.


Squaw Valley’s press release blames October’s powerful rainstorm for the contamination of their new water system. This October rainstorm inundated the water system that serves both High Camp and Gold Coast, two high mountain resorts in Squaw Valley. This inundation led to the contamination of both E. coli and coliform bacteria.


The press release goes on to say Squaw Valley staff quickly noticed the contamination in this water system after a routine daily test. In addition to contacting the Placer County Department of Environmental Health, staff members also called the Squaw Valley Public Service District.


Numerous water safety experts immediately travelled to Squaw Valley to check out the situation. Squaw Valley continues to work with these experts and has pledged not to release their water to the public until they get a unanimous green light from authorities.


Once Squaw Valley found out about this contamination, it immediately shut down its water system for both High Camp and Gold Coast. In this latest report, Squaw Valley claims that no contaminated water was ever made available to their guests. In lieu of drinking water from their water system, Squaw Valley employees have provided guests at the upper mountain resorts with free bottled water.


Throughout the past several months, water treatment experts have treated the upper mountain water system extensively. There has been great improvement in the past few weeks. Recent tests show that there’s absolutely no E. coli in three of the four wells on the upper mountain. There’s also very little coliform in these three wells.


Although Squaw Valley is happy with this improvement, they continue to remain on high alert. All restaurants are closed on the upper mountain, and all guests are made aware of the situation. So far, no one has gotten sick due to this contamination issue.


Dick DeVos Jr.’s Passion for Education Charities and an illustrious Career under His Belt

Dick and Betsy DeVos continuously contribute in their charitable giving’s which have grown to about $139 million over decades of donating to churches and other noble courses. In 2015, the DeVos’ gave $11.6 million in charity aid, according to a report posted on the DeVos Family Foundation site. The high-profile couple hails from a family dynasty well known as key players in the Republican politics for many years. The DeVos Foundation was listed in the 2015 Forbes magazine, placed position #24 in the “America’s Top Givers” listing.


Charity Courses


For Dick and Betsy, education is a priority. In 2015, they gave away $3 million to learning causes, equivalent to 26 percent of their generous donations that year. Their Foundation awarded an additional $357,000, to organizations that support education reforms.


Dick sights that part of the reason they value education courses is that the current learning system fails to align with the American dream. He partly blames the civil rights movement as a fundamental problem, due to kids growing up in zones where education was hardly accessible in the quest to achieve the American dream.


Dick DeVos critically disagrees with the “standard” public education that doesn’t offer diversified learning for students. As a result, he believes that there is a need to reform the entire system to allow the present teaching staff to achieve better results.


Principal beneficiaries from the DeVos purse in 2013 include; College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids-Michigan, Detroit Charter School, Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Alma Mater Northwood University, West Michigan Aviation Academy, Potter’s House in Wyoming, and Rehoboth Christian School in New Mexico.


Dick DeVos says the donations mostly aim at helping communities and people, directly. The couple is a great benefactor of the Potter’s House-urban Christian school and Grand Rapids Christian Schools.


Career and Family Life


Dick DeVos is the co-founder of Amway Corporation-a network sales company that distributes household, health, and personal care products through multi-level marketing. DeVos began his career at Amway Corporation in 1974. In 1989, he left the firm to start The Windquest Group, a manufacturing and sales company dealing with storage and closet organizers.


In 1991, his father asked him to handle Orlando Magic Basketball; the National Basket Association’s franchise, owned by the DeVos family. He remained actively involved in running of the Windquest Group. In 1993, he returned to Amway Corporation as president, after his father retired. In 2000, Alticor Corporation, an umbrella firm comprising three companies, was formed. Under the new organization, Alticor group expanded its businesses to over 50 countries on six continents.


In 2002, Dick retired as president of Alticor to devote his time to the Windquest Group. Dick is married to Elizabeth, a daughter of Edgar Prince. Edgar is the founder and president of Prince Corporation – Michigan. Dick and Betsy have four children; Rick, Elisa, Andrea and Ryan.