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Water our responsibility

Lori Sheftal made some very good points in her March 1 response to The Union’s front page headline of last week, “Sewer plant usurps Highway 49.” “Usurp” means “to seize and hold by force or without right,” as if to imply that the 80 households in Cascade Shores are taking money away from widening Hwy. 49, a project that would benefit many people, including the 7,000 people who use that road every day.

The improved water quality, which will result from an upgraded sewer treatment facility, benefits all of us in Nevada County and even further down the line, wherever that water eventually ends up. And why is it that 80 households with an annual median income of under $36,000 are expected to provide clean drinking water for thousands while maintaining a safe recreational environment at Scott’s Flat Lake?

As Lori Sheftal said in her letter to the editor, “Everyone is responsible for clean water, not just 80 people.”



Linda O’Kay

Cedar Ridge


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