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Please water your yards

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From page A12 | September 27, 2013 | 2 Comments

I mailed a few letters the other day at the post office. I was shocked and saddened when I saw the dying redwood trees and all the once-lovely plants and flowers now dead. It all looked uncared for; even the weeds had died. I thought how lovely it had been back when I first moved to Davis. For that matter, all of Davis was full of plant life. It was a pleasure passing lovely, cared-for yards.

Now I wonder if this could have something to do with the new water rates.

For many people, this could be a financial disaster. Water bills will increase three times or more depending on whether you use the water for yards or gardens. Everywhere I go in Davis, I see dying yards. Death is not green, and it never will be. The only green will be lining the developers’ pockets.

The trees and plants give us oxygen; they cool us down on hot summer days. What will happen to our birds and the little critters that live in our town? Animals, trees and plants help us feel good; it’s like art from the heavens. If this happened 20 years ago, code enforcement would be called in.

We can still stop this environmental disaster. Please sign the water rate petition. Hang in there and please water your yards. This is still our town.

Holly Bishop
Davis

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  • tbSeptember 27, 2013 - 3:07 am

    There are plenty of real environmental disasters. It seriously cheapens the phrase when it's used to describe some sick redwoods, which btw aren't very well-adapted to the valley. Sick redwoods in town could be found with ease, from the time you first moved to Davis, whenever that was, to the present time. Also, the letter says use more water, and at the same time try to stall implementation of the city's plan to provide a more reliable supply of water. And it calls for wall to wall lush gardens in a place where it's bone dry half the year, but of course cheap water is also demanded. This is called having your cake... you know the rest. Using less water does not preclude having a nice landscape. One example: take out the redwoods and replace them with valley oak acorns. They'll grow quickly with minimal or no supplemental irrigation and are much better wildlife habitat than redwoods.

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  • LeonardSeptember 27, 2013 - 10:03 am

    "The only green will be lining the developers’ pockets." That seems like a non sequitur. How does not watering your yard line developer pockets? I believe in slow growth, but I don't think choking off our community's supply of water is a responsible way to limit growth.

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