Leading from the Left

Thursday, May 07, 2009

University Lake Regs Under Assault

The following is a text of an email Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton sent to various parties the other day. It was forwarded to me, and I'm posting an abridged version here because I think the issue is very important. Apparently there is an effort underway to increase develop in the University Lake Watershed.

Carrboro's progressive era was cemented in place in 1987 when Ellie Kinnaird and others concerned about water quality fought for strong regulations to protect the Watershed. Ellie got elected Mayor, and environmentalists such as Jay Bryan and Frances Shetley were elected to the Board of Aldermen.

We shouldn't go backwards on this issue. I urge you to read the following message from Mayor Chilton and let the Carrboro Planning Board and Board of Aldermen know where you stand: on the side of strong, progressive watershed protections.

"A proposal is being considered by the Carrboro Planning Board to
allow for increased development in the University Lake Watershed this
Thursday May 7 at 7:30 at Carrboro Town Hall.

I am concerned that this proposal will compromise our drinking water quality and will also set a very bad precedent of eroding the strong water quality protections that the environmental community has worked so hard to promote over the last 20 years. This proposal is being promulgated by some members of the planning board and could easily be pushed forward. The Planning Board needs to hear from our
community about this issue.

Thanks for any help you can lend."