An informational inundation is taking place regarding potential land development in our beloved El Dorado Hills and surrounding communities. Issues of greater traffic, loss of trees, and increased crime are legitimate concerns in any community, especially when populations increase. These issues will pale in comparison to the potential problem of a water shortage.
Recently the county supervisor for our district was asked to speak at the monthly EDHCSD board meeting. Standing at the podium, he notified the board about voluntary or forced reduction of water to EDH residents. He stated the importance of conserving voluntarily before it is forced upon us.
When he finished, a member of the community took the podium and asked a question of the supervisor. If we as residents are now being told to conserve water how can we afford any more people? If there isn’t enough water now, how will there be enough for the new residents living in apartments, duplexes or condominiums being built or proposed by developers? Unfortunately the question was never answered.
The answer is very simple. We can’t.
Some interesting things in the local paper recently under the guise of advertisement or opinion regarding pro-growth measures have been written.
As a statement of fact, human beings cannot survive without water.
With spring almost here and summer around the corner, the issue of water usage and consumption in California, not just El Dorado Hills, is about to explode. Developers are proposing to cut down hundreds of oak trees and replace them with rooftops and grass. The oak trees are self-sustaining. The rooftops and grass are not.
There is a petition gathering signatures to stop the demolition of our community. Please sign the petition before our government forces us to use less water, while paying for the developers’ way of life.
JASON KRAUS & LENNY PATANE
El Dorado Hills