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Thursday, March 19, 2015
2008 article by Joe Neal documents value of seasonal wetland west of 112 drive-n
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2008
Joe Neal offers strict view of reasons not to reroute Arkasnas 112 through Hoskins' wetland
To all --
I have stated repeatedly and to anyone who listens that the widespread lower elevation fields in that entire area are "seasonal wetlands," whether or not they meet the Corps of Engineer standards. Therefore, I am opposed to their development. Every development in such habitats has a clear, negative and measurable impact on the environment. From an administrative view, they further burden the upper Clabber Creek watershed. I know that, in these opinions, I am an unreasonable person. But the truth is the truth, and I have not spent my adult life as a biologist to ignore my training & experience in order to just get along.
"For the record," and especially for anyone who cares at this point, I cannot visualize any compelling public interest for the relocation/straightening of 112. The City of Fayetteville has in recent years wisely adopted a clear and far-sighted policy of passive speed controls on streets used for "cut throughs" and other opportunities to accelerate traffic speed. The amount of money saved in law enforcement probably can't be accurately measured; the safety achieved by such reductions also are hard to measure; however, both are hard realities. The historical bends in 112 nicely fits and supports this passive policy. It is not in the interest of the citizens of Fayetteville to accelerate traffic speeds on 112, especially since Fayetteville and Tontitown the max allowed speed is 45 MPH now. I understand why such changes might be of benefit to the developers in that area, but the changes would not be in the general public interest. -Joe
JOSEPH C. NEAL in Fayetteville, Arkansas. "Nature is already as good as it possibly can be. He who seeks to improve it will spoil it. He who tries to direct it will mislead it and become lost himself." -- Chinese philosopher about 2,500 years ago