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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Protecting the watershed

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 1:32 PM

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Kate Althoff speaks at today's rally

Citizens Protecting Maumelle Watershed, the Sierra Club and other environmental groups and activists held a rally today outside the Pulaski County administration building demanding the county adopt stricter regulations to protect the Lake Maumelle watershed.  Pulaski County officials have been in negotiations with Central Arkansas Water to amend the county's subdivision regulations to, among other things, prevent the surface discharge of wastewater in the watershed.  Kate Althoff of the Sierra Club spoke at the event.  She says the county needs to do more to regulate development in the area and protect a source of drinking water for nearly 400,000 people in Pulaski County alone. 

Althoff says the county needs to restrict development to one house per five acres to maintain water quality and meet the goals laid out in the watershed management plan, developed by the consulting firm Tetra Tech.  Currently, there are no such limits in the subdivision rules.  Developers can build as densely as they like as long as they use man-made controls to limit impact on the water.  Althoff says relying on the good will of developers is not enough.  Press release on the jump.

Join with Your Fellow Citizens for a
Rally in the Rose Garden
Pulaski County Court House
(corner of Markham and Broadway)
Thursday, March 5, 2009
12 Noon – 12:30

* Lake Maumelle is located in the forest of western Pulaski County and provides pristine drinking water for 398,000 people in central Arkansas.
* The first regulations intended to protect Lake Maumelle are currently under consideration by Pulaski County government and they favor intense development.
* The data has been collected and closely studied. The science clearly tells us that this shallow lake’s water quality will decline if this aggressive, high-density development occurs.
* Lower impact development is the best choice for the water, the land, and the property value of all citizens and business owners. Should a few profit at the expense of an entire community?

Attend the Rally so you can tell Pulaski County Government to
Limit Development to 1 house per 5 acres.

Pulaski County has heard from the big developers.
Have they heard from you?

Do you want hundreds of houses built on your
drinking water reservoir or do you want thousands?

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