The next gold rush |

The next gold rush

Consider how will Measure S will play out one, five and 10 years from now. Once passed, individuals outside this county will flock to purchase one to 10 acre land parcels. These farmers lack formal agriculture training and only want to make their fortunes. They clear land, use insecticides, pesticides and fertilizers to enhance crop yields.

In two to five years, wildlife habitat diminishes. County residents experience greater bear nuisance. Coyotes and cougars have fewer rodents upon which to prey and depend more on domestic livestock and pets for food. Birds of prey die off after consuming contaminated rodents. Ten years and beyond well water and creeks need testing for contaminants as fertilizers and poisons sink deeper into the groundwater.

Is Measure S the only choice for Nevada County? If defeated, why not amend the current ordinance to assist residents who want to grow enough plants to meet their individual medical needs?

Have the drafters of Measure S truly addressed environmental risks? This county is dealing with contaminates remaining from gold mining. If we pass a measure that potentially threatens habitat for the needs of a few, is this something we will regret down the road?

Linda E. Foreman

Grass Valley

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