Nature Commission recently visited the proposed Gregory Canyon dump site.
We confirmed the obvious, that the valley of the San Luis Rey River is wild, even with some impacts by a casino and other projects.
And...Gregory Canyon is a very inappropriate place for a landfill.
In an almost singularly rare kind of land at the present time in So Cal - a rural valley, approval of a landfill is being considered by agencies such as the Army Corp of Engineers.
The agencies will likely judge the environmental impacts of the dump, and probably do a very thorough job of their analysis - but that analysis will be confined to a very specific area, not taking into account the larger context of this project.
Questions about the proposed Gregory Canyon dump:
Of So Cal's vast flatlands, how much space has been given to our houses, our roads, our shopping malls, our gas stations, and yes, our trash? (Suffice to say the number or percentage is rather high.)
With that fact as an irrefutable background, and the principle of balance in mind, how will the agencies consider what it means to consume another simple landscape with the infrastructure of our generation?
The odds of that being done within a report on the Gregory Canyon Landfill near Pala in Northern San Diego County are slim indeed.
But this is precisely the kind of accounting that needs to be done.
How much of the Luis Rey watershed east of Oceanside has been paved in recent years?
How much "growth" has occurred in San Diego County in recent years?
Will more development more structures begin to invade this valley once the dump comes in?
Considering the interests of people of the future who may value nature more than we do, where is the justification for taking this place as a trash receptacle?