El Dorado County could be tapped out

03/12/2014 1:03 PM

03/14/2014 6:22 AM

While the El Dorado Irrigation District is calling for 30 percent water usage cutbacks, the proponents of large subdivisions like Dixon Ranch, San Stino, and the Marble Valley Specific Plan argue there is sufficient water to support their proposed 6,682 home sites.

In the absence of county action to limit expansive growth, the Rural Communities United is campaigning to get signatures on its initiative, Fix Traffic/Keep us Rural, and a side benefit is the preservation of water.

The initiative is not anti-growth. It's about managing scarce resources, like water. The 6,682 proposed homes would be in addition to the already entitled 16,000 housing units destined for the Western slope. The initiative stops developers from growing large housing tracts beyond what our water resources can support.

-- Ellen Van Dyke, Rescue

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