It’s technical stuff, but those of you who care about clean water in Central Arkansas should continue reading on the jump. It’s an explanation from the citizens group working for land use rules in the Lake Maumelle watershed about the shortcomings of the proposal to be considered by the Pulaski County Planning Board today.
In short: The plan has been rewritten by Deltic Timber (the Chenal Valley developer that owns most of the land in the watershed) to allow it to build five times more houses in the watershed than an original compromise plan would have allowed. And it uses measurements for potential pollution that aren’t based on the specific types of soil and terrain present in the Lake Maumelle area, but on generic national standards. A more specific study is necessary about a water-safe level of development in the area. It might even prove to be less than the original plan neutered by developers’ money.