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Archive for Friday, June 9, 1995

TRAFFICWAY FORUM TO FOCUS ON WAKARUSA WATERSHED

June 9, 1995

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South Lawrence Trafficway opponents plan to continue discussion of Wakarusa River watershed issues at a public forum June 29.

Coalition to Preserve Our Wetlands said in a statement that both public officials and representatives of local environmental and preservation groups had been invited to participate in the forum on ``Establishing a Vision for the Wakarusa Flood Plain.''

Douglas County Commissioner Mark Buhler said Thursday that he would try to attend.

``I'll be interested to hear what they have to say,'' he said.

The forum will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

During a forum last month, Charles Haines Jr., a Haskell Indian Nations University biology instructor, used slides and hydrological data to outline his argument that development in western and southern Lawrence, including construction of the trafficway, is a detriment to the watershed and the Haskell-Baker wetlands.

Haines said the issue of floodplain impact was not adequately addressed in the trafficway's environmental impact statement. He and other trafficway opponents have asked officials planning the project to halt construction of the western nine miles of the road until the impact can be studied fully.

Trafficway supporters said those issues had been studied as far as they were relevant to the project and that opponents merely were trying to thwart construction and run up costs.

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