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Old 04-01-2007, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Some got six month some got one solid. But me and my buddies all got lifetime here
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Very interesting story screaming on the front page of the Charlotte Observer this morning. The picture's pretty stunning as well.

http://charlotte.com/171/story/70129.html (broken link)
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Old 04-01-2007, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, home of the NY/NJ refugees
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There's our drinking water, folks.

I love a city and growth-- RESPONSIBLE growth. Maybe that's why I am so against the Village at Lake Norman project. These developers are thinking about profit first and impact-- both environmental and otherwise-- second.
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Old 04-01-2007, 11:47 AM
 
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I do think the development around Charlotte is going a little too fast for its own good. However, don't let the picture fool you too much. After a three inch rain, with the type of soil in the area, Lake Norman will look like that no matter the rate of development.
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Old 04-01-2007, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Some got six month some got one solid. But me and my buddies all got lifetime here
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I do think the development around Charlotte is going a little too fast for its own good. However, don't let the picture fool you too much. After a three inch rain, with the type of soil in the area, Lake Norman will look like that no matter the rate of development.
They're crediting it to development, hence the paragraph:

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Tons of sediment bleed into some of the region's most coveted places, filling coves, smothering wildlife, turning swimming holes into health risks. The red trails often lead to the raw earth under new subdivisions and cul-de-sacs, freeways and minimarts.
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A week after a hard rain last month, nearby lake coves were still stained clay-red by sediment. Homeowners say the muddy water, and fears that silt will clog the channels, clobbers their property values.

"You can't swim in it, for one thing," says cove resident Milton Starnes. "There's no question that when you take away the waterfront, it decreases it significantly. It's the difference between waterfront property and non-waterfront property -- and I paid for this."
It's overdevelopment, way too much, way to fast.
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Old 04-01-2007, 12:01 PM
 
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Haha, Brian, you and I seem to be butting heads no matter what thread we seem to be on.
I guess my point is that, while development needs to be carefully looked at in terms of it's effect on the surrounding area, that picture is only being used for shock effect.
That is how the lake always looks after a 3 inch rain, even with significantly less development in the area
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Old 04-01-2007, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Some got six month some got one solid. But me and my buddies all got lifetime here
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Haha, Brian, you and I seem to be butting heads no matter what thread we seem to be on.
I guess my point is that, while development needs to be carefully looked at in terms of it's effect on the surrounding area, that picture is only being used for shock effect.
That is how the lake always looks after a 3 inch rain, even with significantly less development in the area
I see your point there.

However the article does state that the builder of the Burton Creek Development got it's citation nine months after the residents were complaining about the muddy coves, hence the picture. They were even threatened with being shut down by the the NC Division of Land Resources. Essentially it sounds like that division, as well as the residents, are actually blaming the builder for that mess. I'm sure that there's been heavy rains before and yet just now they're seeing that mess. That's the point I think the article is making.

I'm sure that the shoreline takes on a tint due to the soil after a heavy rain, that looks like mud from the air and they're pointing the finger at someone.
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