The Sept. 2 headlines of the Calaveras Enterprise are conflicting when the issue of drought is considered: “Bark beetle epidemic will last as long as the drought.” “Copper Valley gets OK ... for sawmill land-use designation.”

The commissioners have decided to recommend in favor of a plan that includes 580 houses and commercial development on this coming Thursday. It seems a compromise has been worked out with Castle and Cooke. I wonder if water resources have been compromised as well. How much water will be consumed including the introduced landscape requirements? I wonder if another golf course is in their plans?

Our typical climate patterns usually bring dry La Nina after an El Nino event as we had this past winter. (Probably not many realize an El Nino even occurred since the rainfall barely made average.) Wouldn’t it be prudent to prepare for a drier California? Consider our food production for us and the rest of the country before granting more development and housing!

Environmental and many other resource questions need answering before real estate is developed here in Calaveras County. This same quandary exists throughout California. On one hand we’re forced to save residential use of water. On the other, development continues. Who’s running this show?

David Giuliani

Mokelumne Hill

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