Letter to the Editor
The Lake Macbride Conservancy urges the Johnson County Board of Supervisors to reconsider the “Land Use Plan” as it applies to the immediate surrounds of Lake Macbride. There is an obvious conflict between the cluster development encouraged by the plan and the Board’s mission of “Proactive Protection of the Environment.”
Johnson County should be a leader in protecting the fragile resources of Lake Macbride’s natural environment rather than encouraging a policy that could leave them looking more like Clear Lake, which already has wrestled with cleaning up after ineffective septic systems.
Sale of lots in the Cottage Reserve in 1937 financed acquisition of all of the land for the original state park and lake of Lake Macbride. The Cottage Reserve, which now contains 80 total lots, originally constructed a central wastewater treatment facility that remains regulated similarly to a small city by the state DNR. No sewage or effluent flows into the lake.
With the increase of the size of the lake after construction of the Coralville Dam and Reservoir in 1957, additional development around Lake Macbride was possible. Approximately 850 dwellings now exist around its perimeter, the size of a small city, and most all of them use separate septic tank systems.
In 1968, Johnson County Board of Health adopted a waste water treatment requirement, praised by the State Conservation Commission, that effectively limited lot size to 5 acres per dwelling in the Lake Macbride watershed. Through changes in the state’s definition of private sewage disposal systems, 4 dwellings are now allowed on those same 5 acres.
More dwellings and people in the watershed will inevitably change the environment. This may be legal, but is it the right way to Proactively Protect the Environment of Lake Macbride?
Visit our website at www.lakemacbrideconservancy.org
Bob Burns, Chair
Lake Macbride Conservancy
The Graysons Landing Subdivision proposal, which we believe impacts the well-being of Lake Macbride and its environs, is on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors meeting agenda for February 13th at 5:30 PM, 2014. Visit the "Subdivision Issue Archive" link in the Main Menu to the left for background and an open letter from Terry Edmonds.
Fall colors on Lake MacBride.