John A. Shaw: Don’t scrap Jordan Lake cleanup

June 22, 2013 

Don’t scrap cleanup

The N&O nails it on the wrongheaded attempts by some lawmakers to go backward on the cleanup of Jordan Lake (“Saving Jordan” June 13).

Simply stated, Senate Bill 515, designed to repeal the environmental and public health controls for Jordan Lake and start from scratch, is a horrible idea that will leave a bad taste in our mouths and a hole in our wallets.

After years of study and millions in investment in new infrastructure, we’re on the way toward cleaning up the lake and the drinking water source for 300,000 of us. Still, erratic lawmakers now want to go back to the drawing board, spending millions more to go off in a new direction before letting the current plan work.

SB. 515 isn’t just a money pit. The legislation is the embodiment of a broken promise to the local communities that rely on Jordan Lake for clean water. The federal government put Jordan Lake on its “impaired waters list” in 2002 for elevated water pollution. We’ve finally got a plan in place to clean it up. Now lawmakers want to scrap it?

John A. Shaw


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