The following letter to the editor was submitted by Susan Valenta, the president of the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce, in support of Measure B, which would retrofit the Anderson Dam to make it earthquake safe.
As Santa Clara Valley businesses and residents we frequently take clean, safe water and quality flood protection for granted. In our very own backyard, we have the largest reservoir in Santa Clara County that provides a reliable water supply to all of us — the Anderson Dam.
Just last year, a seismic study of the dam showed the foundation would weaken in a large earthquake, risking an uncontrolled release of the reservoir water. To address this problem, the water district began the Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit project to ensure the safety of our community.
This project is crucial for South County, and this November we will have an opportunity to protect our local community through voting for Measure B. With our support, this program will continue to provide protections for Gilroy and Morgan Hill without increasing current taxes.
The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce is proud to endorse support on Measure B and ask you to join us in protecting our water supply.
Susan Valenta, President/C.E.O.
Gilroy Chamber of Commerce
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