[Durham INC] Fw: Urgent -Jordan Lake -- by 5 PM today (Mon, April 4)
mmr121570 at yahoo.com
Mon May 4 10:36:09 EDT 2009
Please see below. And please take the time to write your reps (all email addresses below). The Jordan Lake Rules have already been watered down significantly. Please help stop additional loopholes from being put in -- it's long past due to have REAL rules to protect our water.
And keep in mind that Jordan Lake Rules set the stage for rules for other bodies of water in NC...we don't want to start with weak, meaningless regulations.
--- On Sun, 5/3/09, Haw River Assembly <info at hawriver.org> wrote:
From: Haw River Assembly <info at hawriver.org>
Subject: Urgent -Jordan Lake
To: mmr121570 at yahoo.com
Date: Sunday, May 3, 2009, 4:38 PM
URGENT ACTION NEEDED (please excuse us if you received a similar message earlier)
ASK YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE TO PROTECT JORDAN LAKE
The Jordan Lake rules are now before the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee and opponents of the rules (led by Durham and Greenboro) have placed a "Proposed Committee Substitute" (PCS) for H239 before the Committee that will really weaken the chances of cleaning up Jordan Lake. The existing development rule could become a rule in name only if we don't get some teeth back into it.
The Haw River Assembly believes that the substitute bill (PCS) does not have adequate measures to restore water quality in Jordan Lake. The PCS greatly delays the start of efforts to control pollution from existing development, and dangles the possibility, through cost benefit analysis, of walking away and giving up before the lake complies with water quality standards. The current substitute bill could allow a water quality variance for the Upper New Hope Arm if it does not seem "feasible" to meet the nitrogen target by 2025. In reality this could mean never fully cleaning it up. We do not think that it is ever appropriate or perhaps even legal, under the Clean Water Act, for that to be allowed in a water supply reservoir like Jordan Lake.
A Vote is expected on Tuesday by the Committee. Let members of the House ENR Committee, sponsors of the bill and the Speaker of the House know we need their help to get language in the substitute bill H239 that will contain costs for the cities for reducing stormwater pollution - but not by sacrificing water quality in Jordan Lake.
Please send an email before 5 p.m. Monday, May 4. Send to the Representative for your district:
Alamance: Alice Bordsen Alice.Bordsen at ncleg.net
Orange: Verla Insko Verla.Insko at ncleg.net
and Bill Faison Bill.Faison at ncleg.net
Greensboro: Pricey Harrison Pricey.Harrison at ncleg.net
Durham: Paul Luebke Paul.Luebke at ncleg.net
Chatham: Joe Hackney Joe.Hackney at ncleg.net
Wake: Grier Martin Grier.Martin at ncleg.net
PLEASE DO THIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE--AND THANK YOU FOR HELPING PROTECT THE LAKE!
Haw River Assembly
P.O.Box 187 Bynum NC 27228
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