Donate today to protect undeveloped land around the city of Ione (the “Edwin Lands”)

In December, the Amador County Board of Supervisors rezoned nearly 1.8 square miles northwest of Ione from residential and agricultural to manufacturing and heavy industrial uses. In approving the rezone, the board ignored significant new information regarding groundwater overdraft. The board also ignored the county planning commission’s recommendation that the landowner prepare a master plan for the site and a full environmental impact report.

Future manufacturing uses in the Edwin Lands area could worsen groundwater overdraft, further pollute Ione’s air, destroy wildlife habitat, increase noise and light pollution in the area, and increase heavy truck traffic through town. The county’s action approving the rezone violates the California Environmental Quality Act and the County’s own general plan.

While we support creating new local businesses and jobs, the county needs to do it right. That requires good planning that ensures the infrastructure (water, roads, sewer, etc.) is adequate and that new manufacturing facilities don’t harm our local environment, small-town way of life, working farms and ranches, and human health. On February 4, and in conjunction with the Friends of Greater Ione, we filed a legal challenge to protect the Ione Valley from poor planning.
Your tax-deductible donation today can help protect Ione and send a message to Amador County that it needs to put our local residents and environment first. You can donate via Go Fund Me or mail your check (noting it is for Edwin Lands) to our office.

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Leslie Smith, Sutter Creek, CA: Raised in Washington State, Leslie is a happy California transplant having moved to Sunny Sutter Creek full time in 2020. As a nascent fly fisher and lifelong skier, she is committed to the natural environment and brings extensive organizational and finance experience to the board from a nearly 40 year career in banking.