Letter: Common cents
I was raised in a town of 79 people. We went to war on any outsider who tried to control our community or touch our water system. Question No. 1 gives local control of floodplain development from willing sellers and attaches the water rights to the land forever. Local control! The water says here. The feds and state have no control.
The question was written by local and county planners and approved by the commission to buy only development rights from willing sellers. No land, no parks, no ski runs and no ranches will be purchased, only development rights! The development rights purchased will be retired, burned, never to be seen again. Gone, history, shredded and blown to smithereens! Poof!
What does the community get in return?
1) A floodplain designed by the creator and maintained by the ranchers and farmers who steward their precious land. By the way, Reno is currently spending $150 million on a flood system that will give only 50-year protection. I bet they wish they had protected their floodplain for one-tenth of the cost years ago.
2) A maintenance-free ground water recharge system. Designed and maintained by those same great ranchers and farmers. Let’s see, how many millions did the Reno Chalk Bluff water treatment plan cost and how many millions do taxpayers spend each year on the Truckee for water?
3) A free drainage system. Designed and maintained by those same great ranchers and farmers. Let’s see, how many millions did the Sparks/Vista water treatment plant cost and how much do taxpayers spend each year to maintain that plant?
4) Maintenance free wildlife habitat and wetlands, maintained by those same great ranchers and farmers. Reno developers are currently spending as much as $75,000 per acre to create wetlands on other lands so they can build in the floodplain.
An ancient Basque statesman once said, “Mother Nature always has the last laugh.” Many people laughed at a few of us who begged the county in 1993 to include flooding as a component in the last master plan. January 1-3, 1997, ended the “flood” of criticism.
Forty years ago, Reno had 40,000 people, a beautiful agricultural valley, low crime rate, clean air and great ranchers and farmers Does this sound familiar? I hope that we are not destined to ignore history, repeat the past and become the kind of city 90 percent of us moved here to get away from.
Vote yes to save ag and open space. It makes good common sense for 1/4 cent!
Douglas County Ag and Open Space Committee