Monday, July 26, 2010

Recent lot-split sets up situation that will further damage the Beaver Lake watershed and threaten more downstream flooding on Tanglewood Branch

Please click on individual images to ENLARGE for wider view of newly split lot in the Neighborhood Conservation-zoned neighborhood just south of West Center Street on the east side of South Greg Avenue and immediately adjacent to Tanglewood Branch of the Spout Spring Branch of the Town Branch of the West Fork of the White River, a significant tributary of Beaver Lake, the region's main source of drinking water. The City Council and the city staff have been working on several ordinances that OUGHT to prevent this, but all haven't been passed yet. Some weaknesses in the proposed ordinances may actually allow some aspects of this.
However, not having silt fencing between this cleared ground and the stream corridor at right in the photo is a well-established violation of federal, state and local existing rules and regulations. But who will enforce those rules? I don't know what day the clearing of the stream that borders the already narrow riparian zone occurred. But the existing dirt shows no sign that rain fell on it before 6 p.m. July 26, 2010. So it is fresh. But a city inspector should be visiting every construction site in the city daily.
A particular problem is that, if the clouds over Fayetteville produce ANY rain this evening, that beautiful, almost black prairie soil that has been de-vegetated will begin washing into the streams that lead to Beaver Lake. A wonderful, environmentally friendly grassy swale along the east side of Greg Avenue will catch the muddy water and route it straight to Tanglewood Branch. If they replace that swale with a concrete ditch or pipe, future runoff will be faster and increase downstream erosion and flooding, particularly at the south end of South Locust Avenue, where houses already are surrounded by flood water every time heavy rain occurs.

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