Protecting waterways is paramount |

Protecting waterways is paramount

It would be an embarrassment to not protect Grass Valley’s waterways. I attended the Planning Commission meeting where the appeals for the approval of DeMartini’s planned development adjacent to Wolf Creek were discussed. I was shocked and dismayed to hear a woman publicly admit that her family members had, in the past, polluted Wolf Creek. She made it sound like it was OK to do it then and that it is OK to continue to degrade this vital resource. Obviously, it is not all right. Grass Valley is not some backwater town stuck in the 1950s. I’d like to think Grass Valley residents and their leaders are progressive and will ensure the greatest good for the greatest number, not just the wealthiest few.

Mr. DeMartini claims to put thousands of dollars into city coffers through his business. Protecting Wolf Creek and constructing the parkway will, over time, contribute far more financially and environmentally to Grass Valley than any one business ever could. The parkway would draw visitors to spend time and money in Grass Valley in perpetuity. DeMartini could even capitalize on the parkway, serving as a lovely setting to sell his RVs – considerably more inviting than a gravel or paved lot.

Mary Furney

Grass Valley

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