Local Conservation Groups Urge Army Corps on Chatham Park
Chatham County Conservation Groups Urge Army Corps to Require Environmental Impact Study for Chatham Park
On Monday February 2, 2015 five Chatham County based environmental and sustainability organizations requested that the US Army Corps of Engineers do not issue any permits for Chatham Park for its stream and wetland impacts until the developers submit a Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the entire 7200 acres of the project. The letter sent by attorney John Runkle on behalf of the Haw River Assembly, Pittsboro Matters, Chatham Citizens for Effective Communities, Orange- Chatham Sierra Club and the Rocky River Heritage Foundation details the concerns these groups have about the impacts of the massive Chatham Park development on the natural and environmental resources in Chatham County including the Haw River, Rocky River and upper Cape Fear River watersheds.The letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers is attached.
The Chatham Park development will have a direct and negative impact on the B. Everett Jordan Dam and Lake, constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers and operated through a partnership between the US Army Corps of Engineers and the State of North Carolina. The Chatham Park Master Plan does not give adequate information about water supply, stormwater and wastewater, all of which will impact Jordan Lake
The cumulative impacts on wetlands, streams, buffer zones and other aspects of water quality will be both significant and negative, and have so far been largely undisclosed. The current Master Plan splits Chatham Park into 27 “small area plans” with no requirement for the analysis and impacts of the entire project that a comprehensive EIS would provide for decision making.
” We believe the Army Corps should require this EIS before any permits are issued to Chatham Park in order to protect Jordan Lake, and the communities that depend on it.” says Elaine Chiosso, Haw Riverkeeper with the Haw River Assembly.