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Panel of judges erred in ruling over Lake Natoma

Geese fly out of the pathway of the Humbolt State University rowers in the DII – Eights Grand Final during the NCAA Women Rowing Championships at Lake Natoma in May.
Geese fly out of the pathway of the Humbolt State University rowers in the DII – Eights Grand Final during the NCAA Women Rowing Championships at Lake Natoma in May. Sacramento Bee file

Panel of judges erred in ruling over Lake Natoma

Re “Appeals court says Folsom can go ahead with improvements for Lake Natoma” (Page 6A, Oct. 29): Folsom workers have started tearing out native trees and plants in preparation for plans to pave the Lake Natoma shoreline.

Had the three-judge panel read the brief that the Save the American River Association (SARA) filed with the court, they would have seen that Folsom’s plan is incompatible with the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area Master Plan and the American River Parkway Plan.

Our attorney had only 15 minutes to make our case in court. But he couldn’t do that. Judges peppered him with questions about one aspect of the case.

SARA members won’t allow this adverse decision to dampen our advocacy for the preservation of wild and open space within urban environments. That’s what we’ve been doing since 1961 when SARA led an initiative to establish the American River Parkway.

Stephen Green, president, Save the American River Association

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