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Re: “Landowners continue complaints against Lake Maumelle Watershed zoning

Sound Policy:

The ordinance does state the following and is copied directly from the latest version in it's entirety:
Section 3.4 Land Application of Waste Prohibited
The land application of septage or animal waste by any method, including surface spreading, subsurface injection, burial or other process, is prohibited within any zoning district subject to this Code. This section does not apply to drip irrigation.

I'm sure you will agree that cow manure is animal waste. Now the real question is, how will the enforcement agency interpret this provision? We won't know until it comes up.

Now I do want to make a correction. I found that they have stricken the Animal Unit section out and dealt with feed lots properly. However there are still other items that just don't make sense.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Wyemountain on 02/26/2013 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Landowners continue complaints against Lake Maumelle Watershed zoning

First and foremost I want it to be clear that my family and everyone that I know of that lives in the the Watershed are concerned for and are proud of the quality of the water in Lake Maumelle.
We own a small 20 acre farm on Wye Mountain and do the best we can to make sure our farming practices leave the smallest environmental footprint possible and still maintain economic feasibility. We have done this ever since we purchased the land in 1998 and began out farming operation.
Even though the proposed ordinance seems at first glance to be about water quality, if actually studied it shows that that is not truly the case. It is over reaching in it's restrictions to the point of devaluing a persons property. These are just a couple examples: for thousand of years the best fertilizer for crops has been animal manure, which now-a-days is called going green. Within the provision of the ordinance this practice would be illegal. As written a person could not go to a store and buy a bag of composted cow manure and apply it to a garden. This also means that a farmer or horse owner would be prohibited from cleaning out his barn or stall and applying it to the field to fertilize the pasture. His only option then would be chemical fertilizer. Please understand no one in the watershed wants large commercial feed lots like you see out west where hundreds or thousands of head livestock are few in crowded spaces. This ordinance classifies a one acre pasture with 20 free range chickens as a feed lot and is prohibited contrary to what today is an encouraged green practice. These are just two of many more restrictions that need reworked BEFORE the ordinance is passed.
The USGS study says that the quality of the water in Lake Maumelle is exceptional and that development at current and even at an accelerated rate would have "little" effect on water quality.
Next the apparent conflict of interest between CAW and the planning board chairman, Mr. Vogelpohl needs to be addressed before the County places any restrictions on the people of the watershed.
Again, please be assured the property owners want to protect the water in Lake Maumelle. However, they want to be a part of the well thought out plan and not just the recipient of a flawed one sided one.
Please contact your respective JP and ask them to vote no on the Watershed Ordinance as it is written and encourage CAW and the Planning Commission to work with all those involved to come up with a more realistic plan.
Butch Eggers
Wye Mountain

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Wyemountain on 02/25/2013 at 8:43 PM

 

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