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Learn from L.A.’s example

Los Angeles’ beauty surpasses boundaries. The vast jungles of asphalt provide a barren landscape for the next generation. The gurgling tumult of the traffic lolls people into acceptance. The walking trails are plenty. They weave through the communities on cemented pathways, where the local Angelinos admire the flowers and trees planted in people’s front yards. What Angelinos lacked during the development of this unique community was foresight.

All sarcasm aside, Grass Valley is now in the position where they can learn from the mistakes of others and avoid similar follies. Historic canals are scattered throughout the greater community and help preserve the animals that live in it’s habitats and the trees that are nourished by its’ water. The canals also provide community spirit and help teach an environmental appreciation to the next generation.



Recent decisions at NID seem to indicate a lack of concern for the future of Grass Valley’s “way of life.” Their desire to completely drain the water from Cascade Canal and to pipe the water to another community demonstrates little regard for the public’s greater good. NID’s chosen route would cause a vast amount of environmental destruction, adding to the destruction of the canal.

The lack of foresight on the part of NID mirrors the lack of foresight that Los Angelinos had. Los Angeles now struggles through endless grant writing sessions to reclaim some of its’ lost environmental serenity.




The amount necessary to grant Los Angeles its’ environmental serenity ranges in the millions. The amount necessary to accomplish the NID project with the least amount of environmental destruction may cost more than their preferred route. However, compared to the millions necessary to reclaim lost serenity, the amount is minuscule.

Mariane Yanikian-Sutton

Los Angeles


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