The U.S. Forest Service announced today it approved a $4 million grant to Central Arkansas Water for the Maumelle Water Excellence Project. The dollars are for land acquisition and will pay back a portion of the $12 million CAW spent to purchase the 915-acre Winrock Grass Farms, once held by Jay DeHaven. The state of Arkansas also kicked in $4 million toward the purchase.
CAW purchased the land, which includes four miles along the Big Maumelle, to protect the water quality in the feeder to the city's water supply, Lake Maumelle.
CAW can't protect our drinking water with this acquisition only. The Quorum Court needs to quit pussyfooting around and pass land use rules for the lake, rules that protect the water and not the financial interests of a few looking to develop the land.