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But before I go, I would like to say a couple of words about Lake Maumelle. There are two public meetings scheduled for Monday to discuss a draft land use plan for development in the Lake Maumelle watershed, a source of drinking water for over 400,000 people in central Arkansas (one will be at the Arkansas Studies Institute at 1:30 p.m., the other will be held at Winfield United Methodist Church at 7 p.m.). The Pulaski County Tea Party appears to be up in arms over efforts to sensibly regulate the watershed. I wrote about the Tea Party's take on watershed regulation some time ago. I haven't seen the draft plan, but I can assure you most environmentalists would say it doesn't go far enough to protect the water supply, especially since the other two counties, Perry and Saline, won't agree to any regulations.

Now comes a handout from the Tea Party that identifies Tetra Tech, the engineering firm that studied the watershed and drafted a plan to suggest sensible regulations, as a UN-allied, sustainability-driven firm that's concerned about meeting "the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." That last part sounds terrible, right? Who needs clean drinking water in the future? They also described the firm as having prepared the "science-based" Lake Maumelle Watershed Plan.

When asked about the handout, Kate Althoff, a long-time advocate for protecting the water quality in Lake Maumelle, said, "There's so much disinformation about this out there that it's not even funny."

Have a good weekend.

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