Environmental, Business, Civic Organizations Reaffirm Support for the Community Water Supply Plan

From Staff Reports:

Charlottesville, VA – On a snowy afternoon, The Free Enterprise Forum, stood side by side with The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of  Commerce, The League of Women Voters, The Nature Conservancy and The Piedmont Environmental Council in reaffirming their support of the Community Water Supply Plan. The approved and permitted Ragged Mountain solution meets the fifty year projected need, replaces the spillway safety issue, restores flow to the Moormans River and provides water from within our own local watershed.

Free Enterprise Forum President Neil Williamson said, “While a vocal minority has generated significant attention, this event clearly illustrates there is significant broad based public support for the approved Ragged Mountain solution.

“I can’t remember a single issue where these five groups, representing civic, business and environmental interests, have stood together and spoke with one voice. Based on all the data that has been presented to date, including the recent Independent Technical Review Team Review of the Black & Veach study, we remain convinced the approved and permitted Community Water Supply Plan is the most practical, least environmentally harmful water supply solution. As our joint statement says – ‘we look forward to the timely implementation of the approved and permitted Albemarle Charlottesville 50-year Community Water Supply Plan’. To do anything less would be a disservice to future generations,” Williamson concluded.

The Free Enterprise Forum is a privately funded, public policy organization. More information about the Free Enterprise Forum can be found on its website www.freeenterpriseforum.org.


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