Save Mission Creek Watershed, Desert Hot Springs

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The Mission Creek watershed that provides us with our water is threatened by a development group that wants to extend entitlements granted in 1993 (24 years ago) during the last big building boom that went bust here in Desert Hot Springs. This means that they can build without any new EPA statement or public input.

The developer, Adkan engineering wants to restart a project on 481 acres, with 2,239 homes and 176 high density apartments. The project is one mile north of Pierson west of the 62 and extends to the edge of the new Sand to Snow Monument. It cuts through Mission Creek watershed and the entrance to Preserve. The project has provisions for 8,000 homes eventually. Their is no infrastructure in that area to support such an enterprise. Highway 62 will need major changes - water, power, gas, sewer, trash, police, fire and medical services will all have to expand to cover this far out community. The entire ecosystem will be flattened, denuded and paved over, erasing an area once known as Devils Garden and Painted Hills, rich in flora and fauna.

The stress on the aquifer is unknown and the project is located above our current reclamation ponds. The city itself is full of empty lots that require very little property taxes to absent land owners, so nobody builds. If they want revenue, that might be a place to start.

The need to bring all parties involved together to access the ramifications of this outdated project is essential-groups like the Coachella Multi-Species Habitat Protection Plan, The Mission Creek Nation, Riverside County, the Coachella Valley’s water agencies and the thousands of hikers, bird watchers and plant lovers that frequent Mission Creek.

 

I ask that you sign this because it makes sense to review this development and have some input into the process.

 



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