Another great link for you is http://savewatersantafe.com.
Santa Fe, including Eldorado, has perhaps the lowest water usage per person in the country. It's an issue that should be taken seriously by a large swath of this country, but isn't - certainly not to the same degree as it is in these parts. I've studied the various reports and have confidence in their 100-year projection - as long as there isn't any further large scale housing development - but "they" say that the new housing the county has approved is already taken into account. I'm aware of two approved subdivisions that haven't been built yet - Spirit Wind South( 30 units if I remember correctly) and the Galisteo Basin Preserve - an environmentally sensitive development on which only 900 acres of a 13,000 acre ranch will be developed. These two developments will be in the Eldorado Water District. .
As for chickens, we'll see what the court decides. To me, it seems kind of silly. I live just a little south of Eldorado and my ladies provide us with fresh eggs and hours of amusement. While I might not choose to have a rooster if I were on a small lot of an acre or two, I personally don't see a problem with a couple of happy cluckers. On our 12.5 acres a rooster fits in quite nicely.
A judge will decide if chickens are "household pets" sometime in early Spring 2014. The Eldorado Water Dept. says "The groundwater situation was reassessed in an updated hydrology study and groundwater model via a contract with Glorieta Geoscience, Inc. (GGI), in June, 2007. The results of that reassessment were that there exists a 100 year supply of groundwater. The study also included recommendations on the number of new wells that would be required to meet future demand."
Here is the link to the Eldorado Water website: http://www.eldoradowaterdistrict.com/index.php.
I have lived in Eldorado for 15 years and love it here. Originally from Tustin. Please do not hesitate to call me with other questions or concerns.
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