The Ione Valley Land, Air & Water Defense Alliance (LAWDA) is a local grass roots group who have proven again and again during this four year fight that Amador County and the Developer have violated Environmental laws by not responding to thousands of detailed objections to the project from homeowners, farmers and ranchers in the Ione Valley.
The Developers of the 50-year, massive strip mine and hot asphalt plant - currently planned for just one mile from the city of Ione - are Bill Bunce of El Dorado Hills, William Telishchak of Belvedere and the landowner: multi-billion dollar San Francisco hedge fund Farallon Capital Management, founded by prominent “environmentalist” Tom Steyer.
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Traffic, the FACTS - from the official County and Developer documents - these are the numbers of trucks and vehicles that they requested and that were approved on March 24, 2015, from the Partially Recirculated EIR. Here is the link on the Amador County Planning Department website:
Traffic: the projects would generate the following additional truck traffic on local Ione roads:
a.“Newman Ridge” Quarry, 495 truck trips per day (page 32) plus
b.“Edwin Center North” hot Asphalt Plant, 100 vehicles parked per day (page 50) plus
c.Additional approvals for up to 790 trips per day (page 59) due to the rezoning for Heavy Industrial/Manufacturing for an unidentified project.
Trucks, children and pedestrians in Ione today....
Several large, well-funded conservation groups are very interested in creating sustainable agriculture working with conservation, to protect the 283 species living in abundance in their natural habitats on the untouched land that is currently targeted to be the quarry site.
We are exploring Agricultural Education/Grassland Grazing with Eco-Tourism, as the Sacramento Conservancy did with the first half of the ranch in Sacramento. These large organizations are ready to step up, create new jobs and revenue for everyone in Ione and the County. Why create destruction, drain the precious groundwater, poison the air and jam the roads when this job producing Alternative is ready and waiting?
Why does this current Board of Supervisors insist on a new super polluting project that thousands of registered voters don't want?