A vote for clean water | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A vote for clean water

Posted By on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 10:27 AM

The state Pollution Control and Ecology Commission voted this morning to approve an amendment to a state regulation, proposed by Central Arkansas Water, that would prohibit the surface discharge of wastewater in the Lake Maumelle Watershed. It seems simple: keep wastewater out of a drinking supply that supports about 400,000 Arkansans. But CAW and clean water advocates have been trying to get the changes approved by the commission for nearly two years. Commissioners had reservations about setting a state-wide precedent and were trying to balance the interests of landowners, developers and environmentalists.  

Kate Althoff, who has long been an advocate for the watershed called today's vote a "huge victory." Barry Haas, coordinator for Citizens Protecting Maumelle Watershed, spoke in favor of the proposed changes calling the direct discharge of wastewater "the most serious identified threat to water quality."

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