Don't build more homes

Published: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 - 11:02 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 - 11:43 am

Re "Where is water for new homes?" (Page A1, Feb. 23): I seriously question why Sacramento-area leaders are planning for hundreds of thousands of new homes in the coming decades. How will population growth do anything to improve the quality of life for current residents?

We will see more suburban sprawl, more traffic congestion, more air and water pollution, more farmland taken out of food production, and more damage to fish and wildlife populations resulting in more threatened and endangered species and fishing closures. Is this what the people of the Sacramento area want?

We should not be encouraging population growth by promising water to more consumers, but rather encourage conservation, while continuing to provide a reliable water supply to residents.

-- Chuck Knutson, Sacramento

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