Protecting Lake Maumelle | Arkansas Blog

Friday, May 12, 2006

Protecting Lake Maumelle

Posted By on Fri, May 12, 2006 at 8:51 AM

Just in is a report from Central Arkansas Water's outside consultants, Tetra Tech, for management of development in the Lake Maumelle watershed.

We've encouraged Central Arkansas Water to put the report on-line along with existing general background so all can read it. It's a technical document, not immediately clear to our naked eye and we're seeking more guidance. It doesn't make specific recommendations, but outlines different management options for different parts of the watershed, depending on each part's impact on drinking water quality. The strongest management limits would, of course, be on the acreage nearest the water intake at the eastern end of the lake. Here, Tetra Tech outlines several possible management scenarios, none of which appears to totally rule out all development on that acreage, as has been utility management's preference in the past. This is where Deltic Timber has acreage it wants to develop into high-end homesites. That land was the motivation of Deltic's efforts to pass legislation to limit the water utility's ability to control development in the watershed.

A "non-engineering/land conservation scenario" in the critical area would require 92 percent of the land to be undeveloped and 20-acre minimum lot sizes. (This would virtually rule out development on Deltic's 700 acres, doing the simple math.)

A "performance standards/engineering" would require only 70 percent of the land to be retained in undeveloped state, but require "best management practices," such as ponds to catch runoff, on the rest. The so-called BMP approach would be allowed only after some pilot projects on the technique had been tested outside of this critical part of the watershed. (Simple math on this scenarior indicates Deltic would be limited to develop -- in houses and landscaping and streets and driveways -- only about 210 acres of its 700. Since Deltic had been talking about 170 houses, this scenario would seem to reduce the financial attractiveness of development there, even if it were possible at all after the expensive "best management practices" were put in place.)

These are only broad recommendations. A task force representing the utility and land owners and others will make decisions. There likely will be controversy over other parts of the watershed report , because it seems to lean toward minimum lot sizes, requirements of  paved rather than gravel roads and other steps that could limit intensity of development and thus reduce profit protential in other parts of the watershed. These will be the sorts of policy matters the lake task force will consider.

We sought a comment from Deltic. A spokesman said he had not seen the report and would need to study it over the weekend before commenting.

The report will be discussed at a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the Arkansas Arts Center. There will be a series of public meetings on it before a vote in June.

From the ArkTimes store



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Rutledge elaborates on Charlottesville

    Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who issued a generalized statement Saturday about the clashes in Charlottesville over a white supremacist demonstration, got more specific in a statement today as the chair of the Republican Attorneys General Association.
    • Aug 16, 2017
  • Homeless advocate blasts police

    An advocate for the homeless has blasted Little Rock police for their crackdown on homeless, illustrated today in an article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
    • Aug 16, 2017
  • 8th Circuit overturns order that prevented state from ending payments to Planned Parenthood

    The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today overturned a lower court decision forbidding the state from ending Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood affiliates in Arkansas.
    • Aug 16, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • More on how highways were used to wipe out "blight" of non-white neighborhoods

    Vox, a news website that concerns itself with energy and other issues, has a fine piece, including before and after images, on the history of the U.S. interstate system and why roads were built through the middle of cities (unless people of influence stopped them — see Manhattan, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.)
    • Mar 22, 2016
  • Is Arkansas in or out on Kobach voter data effort?

    The Washington Post has published a map that counts Arkansas as among states that will "partially comply" with a sweeping request for voter data by the so-called election integrity commission set up by Donald Trump in an effort to cast doubt on Hillary Clinton's 3 million-vote popular defeat of him in 2016.
    • Jul 2, 2017
  • LR speakers blast state board for double standard

    A series of speakers, beginning with Sen. Joyce Elliott, denounced what they saw as a hidden agenda favoring charter schools at the state Department of Education and asked the state Board of Education for return of local control.
    • May 12, 2016

Most Shared

  • City ethics update; campaign limit was supposed to help the little guy

    Some more history on the Little Rock city ordinance that limits candidates for mayor and City Board to raising campaign funds to five months before the November 2018 election. It raises questions not only about Warwick Sabin's fund-raising tactics, but also Mayor Mark Stodola's carryover money.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation