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I was sad and angered when I arrived home in the Napa Valley after a 4-month absence and observed the continued destruction of our beautiful valley. At least five new large vineyards have appeared — even though we are in year four of a serious drought!

And three or four new wineries are in the final stages of construction. Calistoga has approved two new resorts. Yet, due to the drought, it has been necessary to tap into the Central Valley water supply — water that comes from Trinity and Shasta Lakes that are now nearly empty (if you haven’t noticed).

Even if we get a big El Nino year, it will not be enough to erase the depletion of our aquifers, or fill up those reservoirs. Nor will it do us in the Napa Valley much good, since our watershed is being decimated by development.

Our county Board of Supervisors is obviously in bed with the big-money developers, since they don’t/won’t enforce the permit laws; and seem just as eager as the big corporations to grab the almighty dollar.

It’s really disheartening to watch the beauty, character and ecosystem of our lovely valley disappear due to greed. Napa County residents: it’s time to look around you, and make your voices heard!

Ellen Patterson

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