The latest twist to the Cascade Shores wastewater treatment debacle should be the final straw in persuading us to build a regional wastewater treatment plant.
The state’s financial crisis has frozen a loan needed to build the long damaged plan — ironic since the state pushed for the construction in the first place.
Enough is enough. We need to build a regional wastewater plant here to avoid a rerun of this scenario throughout the county.
Land for the plant is cheaper than ever, building a plant would create needed jobs, and infrastructure is fashionable again under the Obama administration.
The situation in our county will only get worse. Sewer rates in some communities around here already are among the highest in Northern California, largely to help pay to cost of sewage treatment plant upgrades.
We’ve seen some sharp increases in Lake of the Pines and Penn Valley, as well as Cascade Shores.
In addition, pending rules to tighten septic tank regulations (AB 885) will be costly for our residents — some of whom never fully imagined the liability of a septic tank in their yard when they moved here from the “flatlands.”
Though boring and not exactly “cocktail banter” within the gated confines of some neighborhoods (or just plain homes), this is the major issue facing our county.
Despite earnest efforts, we’re not getting very far with state and fed officials to get off their bureaucratic bottoms and help out.
The “no growth” contingent will no doubt come out in force to fight a regional wastewater treatment plant. But building one is more about sustaining our lifestyle — not clearing the way for a spate of growth.
We still don’t have enough jobs to support much growth around here, and retirees with diminished nest eggs are scouting out less expensive places to retire. Let’s not fool ourselves: We’ll be lucky to keep what we’ve got.
We already can’t find enough people to care for our growing elderly population — just check out the local classified ads. One ad after another for home-care givers but not much else.