Petition for Safe, Affordable Drinking Water in Cen. Ark.
Assure Safe, Affordable Drinking Water in Central Arkansas! Protect Property Rights! Pollution caused by big developers like Deltic Timber Co. will threaten the safety of our drinking water and run up our water bills. Property Rights are at risk. Untried, experimental methods are to be used for development around our drinking-water reservoir, Lake Maumelle. Pulaski Co. JPs will vote Tues., Dec. 20th on a proposed Maumelle Watershed Zoning Code. We hereby Petition the Pulaski Co. Quorum Court to change the Code - to respect property rights of Watershed residents by grandfathering all into the Code at the current usage, excluding them from engineering rules applied to new subdivisions - to control excessive development by capping the houses allowed at this time at 7,000 - to allow more houses only when controls perform as estimated, and review development every 30 months and test whether developers are keeping pollution out of the lake, as calculated - and, finally, to approve A Zoning Code in any case, to take the first step protecting our water. Sign by Mon. Dec. 19th - vote is Tues. Dec. 20th This proposed Code came from Deltic Timber Co., owner of 12,000 acres in the Watershed slated for development. This version allows 39,000 houses to be built, which would make the slopes of our lake the second-largest city in Arkansas. That's outrageous! The original Watershed Management Plan allowed for some 7,000 houses. Officials claim we're protected by a computer calculation, the Set Evaluation Tool, to direct construction practices of developers and keep pollution out of Lake Maumelle, source for drinking water for 400,000 customers. No house has been built under this standard; we are experiments. The county is gambling this S.E.T. will control pollution. Nobody knows for sure. We all will pay the cost of treatment, as ratepayers of Central Ark. Water, if the lake is polluted, and a new $60 million treatment plant is required.