Drinking Water at Risk Again
Park proposal is back
again, this time calling for 931 new houses in an area currently
planned for only 38 houses.
in density is almost 25 times what's currently allowed, and on
land that protects Ashburn's
drinking water source. This land is off the Greenway
west of Goose Greek, between Ashburn and Leesburg in the
Board of Supervisors voted to keep the existing growth plan
for this area, and
this proposal is clearly far beyond what the plan for calls
for. See this
chart for a comparison of the
our elected officials to:
- Say NO
to Ridgewater Park
- Save taxpayers
millions of dollars in capital and operating costs
9,310 daily car trips (not including commercial traffic!) on
the Greenway, Route 7, and local roads in Leesburg and Ashburn
Ashburn's drinking water
our Comprehensive Plan
Environmental Council's brief
on protecting our drinking water (Word
*This document was written to address the Ridgewater Park CPAM.
As soon as the staff report for the rezoning is made available,
we will provide an updated version.
of the proposal (Word doc)
Prepared by the Piedmont
staff report on Ridgewater Park CPAM*
*Please note that this staff report is
for the Ridgewater Park CPAM. The staff report for the
rezoning application is not yet available.
Our Drinking Water Quality at Risk
The drinking water for Ashburn and City
of Fairfax would be directly, negatively impacted
by this development. The proposed development for
931 houses directly impacts the drinking water
supply in the Goose Creek reservoir.
staff told the Planning Commission that our drinking water
is at risk, because there is no chance for toxic chemicals,
bacteria, and other pollutants to be diluted before they go
right into the water intake.
water concerns from the County
reservoir, owned by the City of Fairfax, is an important drinking
water resource to the County. It contains approximately
200 million gallons of water and serves approximately 45,000
people living in the City of Fairfax and Loudoun County. Approximately
one-half of the water treated at the Goose Creek Water Treatment
Plant is used by Loudoun residents. ...Allowing more intensive
development in this area could adversely impact the reservoir. The
City of Fairfax, in a November 7, 2006 letter, raised several
concerns regarding development adjacent to reservoir, including:
It's Still a Bad Idea
the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors:
Say no to the latest Ridgewater Park proposal. Does
it make sense to allow 931
new houses in area currently planned for only 38 houses?
be sure to include your name and address so your comments
can be counted.
Talk to Candidates for the Board of Supervisors
encourage you to attend candidate forums this fall and
hear what candidates have to say about growth in Loudoun.
We don't endorse specific candidates, but our
platform is a good resource for information on the
forums below are sponsored by the Loudoun
League of Women Voters.
October 3, 2007, 7-9
Bridge High School
Candidates from Broad Run and
October 10, 2007, 7-9
County High School
from Leesburg, Catoctin, and Blue Ridge Districts
October 17, 2007, 7-9
Falls High School
Candidates from Sterling, Sugarland Run, and Potomac Districts
of another forum or event? Please
let us know.
sedimentation to the reservoir (which will require more frequent
dredging, a costly process);
chemical runoff due to residential use of fertilizers and pest
- in the
event of contamination caused by residential landbays in close
proximity to the Water Treatment Plant, the plant may have
to shut down in order to complete the required testing and
treating, a process that would leave 45,000 people without
- it may
be necessary for the City to construct costly fencing/security
facilities to prevent human/animal related contamination;
potential for liability issues; and
sewer back-up/overflow entering the reservoir."
note that this staff report is for the Ridgewater Park CPAM.
The staff report for the rezoning application is not yet available.
Piedmont Environmental Council
On behalf of the
Campaign for Loudoun's
Together, We're Fighting to Protect the Quality of Life in Loudoun
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