Building moratorium needed during drought

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 - 11:10 am

Re “State of emergency declared in drought” (Page A1, Jan. 18): The scant remains of Folsom Lake and the other reservoirs in the state are a poignant picture of how severe the water crisis will become. The water emergency declared by the governor, with a request for a 20 percent reduction in use, will not prevent the state from running out of water. More aggressive action is required. The state must mandate a moratorium on all new development. Approved projects not yet started, as well as new building permits, must be suspended until the state emergency order is rescinded. This moratorium should include new accesses to treated, well and irrigation water. Asking us to conserve water while bringing on new users is absurd. If the state is slow to act on this moratorium, then local governments and agencies must implement it.

-- Wayne Nader, Auburn

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