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Letter: Water issue

January 30, 2013

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To the editor:

Would you like a little sand with your asparagus? At the same time we read about efforts to produce and consume more local food, we learn about a proposal by a local concrete company to put a huge sand pit on prime agricultural land just east of town. If approved, the sand pit will span about 400 acres from East 15th Street to the Kansas River and be in operation for 30 years.

It is to be dug through one of the best aquifers in the valley, the one that supplies Eudora’s water. Before they can begin digging the pit, the Lawrence/Douglas County Planning Commission and the Douglas County Commission must approve a conditional use permit, as this land is all zoned agricultural, not industrial. The Planning Commission will meet today at 6:30 p.m. in Lawrence City Hall. This is an opportunity for the public to speak on this huge proposed project just a few miles outside Lawrence.

Comments

bearded_gnome 1 year, 2 months ago

as posted under the recent Kaw River dredging article the greenie wheenies don't care if the concrete plants shut down, jobs get lost, concrete is unavailable, storm water concrete functions of concrete cannot be deployed, people jobless, etc.

they

just don't care!

sand, we don't need no stinkin' sand!

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consumer1 1 year, 2 months ago

best farmland in the world is destroyed for agricultural purposes.

Boz, Me thinks you mean for industrial purposes.

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Milton Bland 1 year, 2 months ago

Sorry, but I fail to see your point. Does dredging mean more sand or less sand with my local veggies? And actually, we appreciate our garden's sandy loam soil, so we tend to rinse our veggies anyway. And where should the concrete companies get their sand from? Or do we simply forbid the use of concrete? If you are opposed to the sand pit, please offer a good alternative for our consideration.

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