The group will be charged with examining and reviewing changes to the proposed Lake Maumelle Watershed Zoning Code.
Recommended changes will then be referred to the Pulaski County Planning Board and Quorum Court.
“I am very eager to get this process underway and even more enthusiastic about completing this process as quickly and as thoroughly as possible.
Lasting water quality protection has been and will always be the primary driving force behind this process,” said Justice of the Peace Tyler Denton, who created the task force after residents voiced concerns about the proposed zoning code at recent Quorum Court meetings.
Lake Maumelle provides drinking water for about 400,000 Central Arkansans.
Central Arkansas Water, which owns Lake Maumelle, adopted a watershed management plan for the lake in 2007 after several years of public workshops.
However, the utility does not have regulatory authority and has been working with Pulaski County administration and the Quorum Court since then to turn the management plan into county zoning regulations.
In April, Quorum Court members approved a one-year moratorium on most development in the watershed to allow time for the independent task force to organize and review the proposed regulations and concerns of Pulaski County residents.
The watershed crosses into Saline and Perry counties, but the proposed zoning regulations are for Pulaski County only.
The deadline to submit an application is June 19.
Submissions may be made in the following way:
Mail: Pulaski County Quorum Court
C/O Cooperative Extension Service
2301 S. University Ave., Rm. 110
Little Rock, AR 72204
Fax: (501) 671-2046 (This is a fax number to the Cooperative Extension Service)
The application period will begin on Thursday, May 30, and conclude on Wednesday, June 19.
Applicants will be selected on or before June 25.
Applications will be available online by the end of the week at www.uaex.edu.
Submitted applications are subject to public disclosure under Arkansas’ Freedom of Information Act.
The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service’s Community and Economic Development Unit and the Public Policy Center have been asked to facilitate the Lake Maumelle Watershed Stakeholder Task Force efforts.
The Community and Economic Development Unit and Public Policy Center exist to provide Arkansans with timely, credible, unbiased and research-based information and education about public issues.
Public issues are defined as pressing and emerging issues that involve multiple points of view and have widespread consequences.
Our goals are to increase citizen knowledge, awareness and understanding of public issues; enhance public participation in decisions regarding public issues and help citizens craft, evaluate and implement solutions.
The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Other contact information:
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/LMWStakeholderTaskForce
Twitter Account: @LakeMaumelleTF