The Central Arkansas Water (CAW) Board of Commissioners adopted a comprehensive Lake Maumelle Watershed Management Plan in February 2007. Two years in the making and the first such formal initiative in the State of Arkansas, the plan’s provisions are to:
- Maintain Lake Maumelle as a high-quality drinking water supply
- Protect the lake from increased pollution that may result from development and other land disturbances
- Provide for the equitable sharing of costs and benefits associated with this protection
- Minimize land-use restrictions on owners of property surrounding the water source
Implementation of the plan has involved close collaboration with governmental jurisdictions that have planning or other authority over the lake or surrounding watershed lands, and with owners of private property around the lake.
CAW’s watershed management efforts are key components of assuring the effective and long-term protection of our metropolitan communities drinking water, while maintaining affordability.