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  • Minutes of the Conference Call LWVAR May 18, 2015

  • Buffalo River Dye Study

  • Minutes of Council Meeting April 12, 2014

  • Date of LWVAR annual meeting announced.
    The annual meeting will be held from 9:30am until 3:00pm on April 12, 2014 in Fort Smith, AR.

  • 10/31/2013 The Buffalo River Watershed Alliance presents a tour about factory farm runoff into the river. Flyer

  • Update of 8-31-2013 Maumelle Watershed Zoning Ordinance Group
    The second meeting of the group created by JP Tyler Denton's ordinance amendment to review  the County's Watershed Zoning Ordinance  was held last Thursday,   August 29. 25 of the 31 members were present. The group's members  include representatives of Watershed residents, Deltic's legal counsel and engineer, representatives of CAW, environmental groups,  and other interested individuals. About half of the group have been actively following the issue for five to ten years. The rest have come relatively late to the issue, or are totally new to it. The group's facilitator, Tom Riley of the State Extension Service suggests reviewing previous documents to inform those new to the issue.

    The charge from the Quorum Court  to the group is to review the Watershed Zoning Ordinance and determine what, if anything in the ordinance should be changed. It is clear from comment at the meeting that many participants want to make changes in CAW's Watershed Management Plan, the County's subdivision ordinance as it applies to the Watershed, and the County Planning Ordinance as well.

    At the first meeting it was agreed that agreement on issues will be reached by consensus. (No votes would be taken).

    At the end of Thursday's meeting it was agreed that a representative of CAW will do a presentation on CAW's Watershed Management Plan at the next meeting Sept. 19th.

    Visitors are welcome to the meetings. Contact Kristin Higgins at for meeting time and location. LWVPTERS PC members Kate Althoff, Kathleen Oleson, and Ruth Bell serve on the group.

      Submitted By: Ruth Bell, Action Committee Chair, League of Women Voters of Pulaski County.

       *Action Committee Report-League of Women Voters Pulaski County
    Report deals with 3 issues:
    1.Request for Exxon to remove their pipeline from the Watershed.
    2. Lake Maumelle Watershed Taskforce
    3. Proposed regulations for implementing Act 595 (Voter ID) were offered for public comment.

  • USA Attorney, Arkansas File Joint Complaint Against Exxon in Mayflower Oil Spill
    Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer are announcing this hour they're filing a joint complaint against ExxonMobil regarding the oil spill in Mayflower. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality says Exxon is illegally storing contaminants near Mayflower.

  • Update (5-7-2013) Mayflower pipeline rupture:
    The League of Women Voters of Pulaski County president Nell Matthews, members Kathleen Oleson, Attorney Marie Crawford, Ruth Bell and the League of Women Voters of Arkansas president Stephanie Johnson met last week with Congressman Tim Griffin to discuss what can be done to get Exxon to move the Pegasus Pipeline from the Maumelle Watershed. The issue seems to be "What governing entity has legal authority to demand the removal of the pipeline from the Watershed?" Both Representative Griffin and Marie Crawford felt it necessary to determine what legal authority the State of Arkansas may have to demand the pipeline's removal from the Watershed. League members will meet again with the Representative at the end of May to further discuss pipeline removal.

  • Pulaski County Watershed Zoning Ordinance stakeholder group meetings:
    At the April 23 Quorum Court meeting the County Watershed Zoning Ordinance with the amendment requiring stakeholder meetings to work through stakeholder differences with the Ordinance was passed. No public announcement as yet has been made about the stakeholder group membership, format, ground rules. Nell Matthews, Kate Althoff, Kathleen Oleson, and Ruth Bll are following the development of the stakeholder group closely. Submitted By: Ruth Bell, LWV of Pulaski County Action Committee Chair

  • Update Maumelle WATERSHED PROTECTION and Exxon Mobile
    The League of Women Voters of Pulaski County continue to be vigilant regarding watershed protection and threats to water quality in and around the Maumelle watershed. As you recall, Justice of the Peace Tyler Denton successfully amended the County's Watershed Zoning Ordinance in February to set a 4 year moratorium to allow time for concerned stakeholders to meet and reach consensus on changes to the proposed zoning ordinance. That amendment had legal flaws and ourselves and others thought 4 years far too long a study period. At the March 26 Quorum Court meeting JP Denton presented a revised amendment correcting the previous amendment's legal flaws, and setting the moratorium's duration at 12 months. The Zoning Ordinance with that amendment was approved and read for the first time. It will be on the Quorum Court agenda at their April 23 meeting. LWVoters PC president Nell Matthews, Kathleen Oleson and Ruth Bell have been in touch with JP Denton and other interested groups since the introduction of the original amendment in February. The League has advocated a 6 month moratorium, transparency during the mediation/consensus building process, and much more information about who would participate in the mediation process, their selection, and definition of what would be a consensus of that group.

    The proposed zoning ordinance the stakeholder group will mediate about is weaker then Central Arkansas Water's Watershed Management Plan. We are concerned that the proposed stakeholder mediation effort will result in a still weaker ordinance. At the Legislature: SB367 (a bill that would effectively remove city and county zoning) Kathleen Oleson and Ruth Bell jointly and separately attended House Judiciary Committee meetings in March and early April, prepared to oppose SB367. Kathleen testified against the Bill when it was finally heard. It was defeated and we believe will not be called up again before the Legislature adjourns.

  • Mayflower and Exxon's Pegasus Pipeline Rupture:
    Because the pipeline that ruptured in Mayflower runs through 13.5 miles of the Maumelle Watershed, members of LWVoters Pulaski County spoke at the April 11 CAW Commission meeting in support of CAW's resolution asking Exxon to remove the pipeline from the Watershed. As a coalition member of the Citizens Protecting Maumelle Watershed (CPMW) a message was sent to Exxon demanding removal of the pipeline from the Watershed. Kathleen Oleson testified at the Agriculture, Forestry, and Economics House Committee in support of Rep. John Edward's HB1922. HB1922 "encourages" pipeline owners to avoid bodies of water, and watersheds which supply drinking water when siting pipelines.


  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Agrees to Take up LWVWI's State's Voter ID Case
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to take up two separate cases concerning the state's voter ID law which has been blocked since shortly after it took effect in 2012.The short orders issued Wednesday by the WI Supreme Court put the two state cases before it and clear a path for decisions to be rendered by June 2014. No one dissented in the decisions to take the cases.

  • League Urges Congressional Conferees to Oppose Cuts to SNAP
    The League joined over 100 organizations on a letter to the conferees of the Farm Bill in Congress. The letter asks the conferees to oppose cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and underscores the fundamental importance of the SNAP program.

  • League Opposes Whitfield-Manchin "Polluter Protection Act"
    The League joined 78 organizations on a letter to Congress opposing legislation from Representative Whitfield and Senator Manchin. The legislation would allow power plants to continue dumping unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air, contributing to the climate change that puts our health and communities at risk with devastating extreme weather events.

  • (REMINDER) Tell the EPA you support regulations on Carbon Polution
    Stand with the League and tell the EPA that you support the proposal of a groundbreaking regulation to control carbon pollution from new power plants. This proposed regulation is a game changer for the climate + especially because power plants are our single largest source of carbon pollution. Submit your comments to the EPA today in support of this historic regulation.

  • The $3 Million Question
    Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a case many have dubbed "the next Citizens United." Read our blog recapping the argument and outlining what the future of campaign finance reform could look like once the outcome of this case is revealed.

  • League Opposes Attack on Measures to Reduce Carbon Pollution
    The League joined with environmental organizations to ask the U.S. House to reject an effort that would block any chance of limiting carbon pollution from power plants. The effort is led by Representative Whitfield and Senator Manchin and would prevent the nation's biggest polluting industry from reducing pollution that drives climate change. The League is a strong supporter of the EPA's practical plan to cut carbon pollution and opposes this irresponsible pollution agenda.

  • League asks U.S. Senators to Maintain Funding for the EPA
    The League joined other environmental organizations on a letter sent to U.S. Senators encouraging them to support the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) funding at levels needed for the agency to carry out its core missions.

  • League to Co-Sponsor U.S. House Briefing on Clean Air Act
    LWVUS will be cosponsoring a briefing for U.S. House members and their staff on the Clean Air Act and climate change on May 20, 2013. The briefing will include a panel of speakers from across the spectrum leading a discussion about various topics and answering questions.

  • League Offers Comments to EPA Science Advisory Board
    On May 7, 2013 the League offered comments to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Science Advisory Board on the study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. The comments were delivered on behalf of LWVUS and 18 different state Leagues.