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Master Plan does not protect future generations

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Dear Editor:

As families with young children we are concerned that the proposed Master Plan does not adequately protect health, safety, clean air and water, and economic resilience needed to create long-term future opportunities for our kids. We live in Delta County because of the access to clean food, water, and air as well as incredible outdoor recreation opportunities and are particularly outraged to see that nowhere in the Master Plan are children mentioned. There is a passing reference to future generations, but nowhere does it state how those future generations are to be protected from threats to their health and their future here in the county.

Commercial and industrial development is needed but has its place. We welcome responsible B-corporations into our county, but this Master Plan says nothing about how to prevent companies, especially those like unregulated, opaque, and private oil and gas companies, from cutting corners, contaminating our air and water, and sticking us with the bill. With this Master Plan update, we -- planning commissioners and the community -- have a unique opportunity to set the county's policy as it relates to being a leader and model for protecting what we value the most -- clean air and water, which is what our economy depends on. That includes taking a strong position on the types of industrial and commercial activities that are appropriate or not appropriate, and yes, that means prioritizing. Prioritizing the health and safety of our kids by encouraging renewable and regenerative types of economic development.

We, as parents, on behalf of our children -- the future of this region -- are calling upon planning commissioners to fulfill their duty as public servants and use this Master Plan update as an opportunity to require that any economic development in Delta County is regenerative: it must improve air, land and water quality. In particular, we urge them in this Master Plan update to draw a clear line in the sand prioritizing the health and welfare of our children over oil and gas development and designating our watersheds that we depend on, as inappropriate for industrial development.

Marissa Mommaerts

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