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​​​​​Board of County Commissioners Adopts Resolution Opposing Senate’s Buffer Bill 434

5/17/2017
Clark CreekThe Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) wants the County to control its own waterway buffers. 

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the BOCC adopted a resolution that opposes NC Senate Bill 434. In its current form, the bill forbids counties and municipalities from establishing buffers along waterways, lakes, etc. to protect water quality. In addition to the buffer ban, the bill also forbids counties and municipalities from enforcing buffer regulations that may already be in place.

Board members pointed out that Mecklenburg County’s strategic use of buffers for more than a decade has dramatically improved water quality and protected hundreds of County streams, creeks and larger bodies of water from becoming polluted and flooding. 

The Board resolution can be viewed here​.