Speak Up for Floodplain Protections – Starting Tuesday July 21
The Loudoun County Planning Commission is reviewing a proposal to weaken protections for floodplains, the buffers before our streams which protect our water from pollution and help protect us from flooding.
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has written the following letter to the Planning Commission. Please join us in speaking up for floodplain protections! You can email the Planning Commission, or speak at their public hearing scheduled for Tuesday July 21, 6 pm at the Loudoun County Government Center. (Email contact information in the letter below, and at http://www.loudoun.gov/pc. Public meeting information at http://loudoun.gov/Calendar.aspx.)
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy also plans to join the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition in speaking up for floodplain protections to the Board of Supervisors – especially in preparation for the Supervisors’ scheduled October 14, 2015 public hearing on this issue.
Additional details about the proposal can be found on the Loudoun Preservation and Conservation Coalition website, and also in county documentation prepared for the July 21 Planning Commission meeting.
Photo: Virginia State Police image: Loudoun flooding in 2012.
Please Reject Proposals to Weaken Floodplain Rules
Dear Planning Commission Members:
I write to you on behalf of the 1,000-member Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, to ask that you say ‘NO’ to proposed zoning rule changes whose purposes include:
- Allowing more uses in floodplains, such as new storm water management facilities, parking areas, outdoor storage, and swimming pools.
- Relocating natural stream channels.
- Allowing specific changes through the Minor Special Exception process, which would reduce opportunities for citizen input.
County professional staff have identified numerous ways in which the proposed zoning rule changes could introduce contaminants into our water supply, and increase flash flood threats to life and property.
Throughout our 20-year history, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has stressed the important role of floodplains in mitigating downstream flooding, protecting surface water quality, and providing critical wildlife habitat. We have emphasized that the cumulative effect of floodplain construction increases the volume and velocity of flood flows, and the rate of stream bank erosion.
We ask that you promote Loudoun County citizens’ health and safety, and our environmental quality, by rejecting proposed floodplain rule changes that are apparently designed to benefit a small number of individuals at the expense of the larger community.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
Conservation Advocacy Chair
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy