Drought affects Folsom more than El Dorado Hills
Developer Sammy Cemo remembers vividly the effects of past droughts in the Sacramento region.
Cemo, whose projects include the El Dorado Hills business park, lived in Cameron Park when the mid-1970s drought hit.
Authorities “would not even allow you to water your yard,” Cemo said. “Everything died.”
Due to drought in the early 1990s, the El Dorado Irrigation District told developers not to landscape projects. Instead, Cemo said, developers were required to post a bond for 150 percent the value of the landscaping as a guarantee they’d put in the plants when conditions improved.
The district even issued a moratorium ...