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Letter to the Editor

Water board right to change direction

Santa Cruz Sentinel, 5/2/14

I would like to applaud the Soquel Creek Water District board for the reasonable and appropriate decision they reached last night. I am a scientist that runs an environmental research and consulting business in Aptos. I consider myself a conservationist and I firmly believe we have serious watershed issues that must be addressed in ways that will require difficult choices. But we must be deliberate and thoughtful in acting to ensure we build partnerships and encourage responsible progress and choices without needlessly harming our community and our economy. The earlier decision to enact a defacto moratorium prior to public hearing and debate on the issue was inconsistent with best environmental policy practices. The board got back on the right track in following responsible due process with their actions last night as they continue working on this difficult issue.

— Brandon Southall, Aptos

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