POLL: Lake Jordan Watershed

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Should all future development in the Lake Jordan watershed be halted?

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POLL: Lake Jordan Watershed

Post by Administrator on Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:55 pm

New developments have been approved. Will they have too much negative impact on sedimentation and overall quality of the natural systems around the Lake? Or is it more important to spur development at this time so that engineers, designers and contractors have employment?
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The Purpose of The Lake

Post by SilenceDogwood on Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:00 pm

I feel it is important that we take into consideration the original purpose of Lake Jordan. It is, in the end, a very large stormwater collection device. As seen during the development of Amberly there are serious consequences to development around the Lake. Sedimentation, potential kill-offs, and general lowering of the overall quality of the environment for boaters and other users are all serious issues.

But over stress of the system due to dramatically increased sedimentation is my main worry. A silt fence around the whole lake - or proposed development - just isn't going to work. We've all seen them fail too often.
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If it was approved

Post by Ophiuchus Park on Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:25 pm

If the project or projects in question made it through the planning process and received appropriate review by planning and properly elected officials - elected by the community of users of Lake Jordan - then everything that can be done has been done. The system of checks and balances in place to protect the watershed have worked. Now, could those checks and balances need finetuning? Yes they could. I'll admit there have been problems on some of the larger residential projects in the watershed but those were typically not planning issues but related to construction. And remember, no matter how good your surveys or plans there are always conditions on the site and that includes subsurface that are unknown until the shovels hit the ground. The old maxim let the buyer beware applies even in the planning process.
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Re: POLL: Lake Jordan Watershed

Post by SSmith on Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:00 pm

Having lived in the Falls Lake watershed for several years I can say from hands on experience that this is not an easy subject to tackle. Not only do you have issues related to sedimentation from runnoff but you also have the more important issue of potential negative effects on the aquifer.

We must think long term when dealing with this issue - there is no other solution. And yes Ophiuchus, creativity is critical to this.
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Re: POLL: Lake Jordan Watershed

Post by MAdams on Sat Jan 15, 2011 10:26 pm

Effects on the aquifer are longer term concerns. A good first step would be requiring use of rain gardens in parking areas with artificial wetlands strategically placed around their perimeters. If municipalities would seriously start to push in this direction i think they'd get very little push back from developers in general and then they could ease up the restrictions on new development in the watershed.

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