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Letter: Santa Clara River bridge signs are a smart idea

Posted: August 9, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 9, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Young Isabella Clark is to be greatly admired for her campaign to have signs put on our 18 bridges that go over the Santa Clara River in Santa Clarita.

Some might say that in these tough economic times, such an expenditure is unwarranted. I think that is being penny-wise and pound foolish.

When people are more aware of what a precious resource our river is by being reminded they are crossing a river, not just a large expanse of sand, I think they will be more mindful about throwing trash into it. Hence the cost of cleaning it up is reduced.

When City Council allows developers to build in the floodplain, citizens might protest because they realize this will limit the amount of water recharged into the aquifer underneath our river, causing a severe environmental disturbance that we’ll wind up paying for and could cost millions of dollars if we have a “Hundred Year Flood.” 

When the channels of the river are narrowed by cementing them in order for developers to build, then we lose millions of gallons of water that flow to the ocean instead of going into the aquifer, hence our rising water bills because we have to import more expensive, highly salinated water from the delta.

Thus, having signs on the bridges will cost a pittance, probably a few thousands dollars, compared to educating our citizens about how important our river is to this community.

It is good to see our young people involved in civic debate. It is the only way we can preserve our democracy.

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