An ad hoc group will file suit today to overturn Cenral Arkansas Water's settlement with developer Rick Ferguson that allows him to build a subdivision overlooking Lake Maumelle, the city's water supply, near the water intake. The agreement provides for a huge drainage ditch and a laughingly named "conservation easement" of more than 120 acres. Ferguson can't build on the acreage, but he can cut the trees to enhance lake views in the subdivison. First time I've heard that timber harvesting was conservation and advantageous to protect a drinking water supply from runoff.
A news conference will be held at the County Courthouse at 2:30. Opponents of the deal are urged to attend to add to the crowd.
Provided here is a handy history of the controversy from environmental activist Barry Haas.