Margaret Chard, San Juan Capistrano
Okay. Let me get this straight. I can no longer keep my grass green (we are being encouraged to go native), I only flush when there is something other than pee in the bowl, I need to turn our fountains off, I limit myself to baths with four inches of water in the tub—or shower for two to three minutes—yet 14,000 homes can be built out on the Ortega? Each residence will have at least three toilets. That is 42,000 toilets alone, plus swimming pools. Do we really need 14,000 more residential homes? Why not concentrate on remodeling existing homes? That way the trades can keep busy. I have read all about the reclaimed water etc., but still, all this building will be a great drain on our environment. At this critical time, there should be a moratorium on new building. And finally, something is really wrong in wasting all that water up north to protect smelt. If they live up to their name, we would be better off with them gone.