What’s Next for the Watershed?

December 17, 2011 in News

WHY WE WILL OCCUPY THE QUORUM COURT

It’s not a water issue, although water is involved.

It’s not a property rights issue, though Deltic Timber and their lobbying arm Americans for Prosperity and their owner, Koch Brothers Industries, would like you the believe that.

The issue is urban sprawl, the developers mania for extending the city limits beyond the limit for a sustainable, vibrant city.

Like Chenal Valley, suburban sprawl stretches city and county resources because the Chambers of Commerce, real estate agents, homebuilders and of course, mortgage banks want growth and more growth at any cost.

Go out to Chenal Valley and see what’s there: congested streets, new police substations, schools, pipelines, everything new and shiny.

And what’s happening to our city and county government? Cutbacks in city services; police and fire budgets stretched to the limit; schools gone wanting; and marginal neighborhoods in decline. Urban sprawl is a dagger thrust into the heart of a city.

This watershed issue is all about the money. Money Deltic Timber will make from developing their land in the watershed. And the money all of us, taxpayers and water customers, will pay to subsidize a few gated communities spilling their chemicals, sewage and garbage into our drinking water.

We are for no development.

OccupyLR knows we are late to the table. Right now there is an amended version of the watershed plan before the Quorum Court. The amended plan limits the number of structures to 7,000 instead of the 39,000 in the most recent plan.

The Amended Plan gives us some chance to slow Deltic’s attack on the Maumelle Basin, the source of our water. The amended plan is a compromise. It’s not what we want but it’s a start.

A No vote, eliminating any zoning at all, would be a disaster and it’s what Deltic and the Koch Brothers want. With no zoning, Deltic could have its way with the watershed and nobody could stop them.

So I invite you to join with us to Occupy the Quorum Court, this Tuesday, December 20 at the County administration building, where we will push back against the 1% of Americans who control everything and game the system in their favor.

We will stand up for 99% who are sick and tired to being robbed of what little wealth we have, robbed of our natural resources and quality of life, robbed of our personhood and right to clean, low cost water.

Call your justice of the peace and tell them you are for the AMENDED PLAN.

DO SOMETHING NOW
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