The Board of Supervisors are scheduled for a one hour discussion of a Cannabis Ordinance Urgency Moratorium on September 21. With the constant drumbeat of bad news about the water crisis in our county and the entire west, I can only assume this topic is being considered because of the drought. Even one wet winter will not bring us back to normal conditions and the weather prediction is for another dry season.
The supervisors have already asked that their housing allocation be reduced because of the drought and because of the uncertainly of where the water will come for those new homes.
It is imperative that the Board protect the current residents and current agriculture without adding more water users. The climate crisis is real and we cannot hide our heads in the sand any longer. The supervisors need to seriously evaluate the cumulative impacts of all new uses of water they’re approving. I urge a “yes” vote on an urgency moratorium and hope the vote is 5-0 on September 21.
— Nancy Richardson, Santa Rosa