The Orange County Board of Commissioners acknowledged they don't have
rock-solid science to defend it, but they went ahead and approved a new
boundary for the Upper Eno Watershed Critical Area Tuesday night.
Responding to criticism from a February public hearing, county staff
exempted about 200 acres near I-40/85 in Efland because of its prime
potential for commercial development.
But Steve Yuhasz, the only commissioner to vote against the critical
area, insisted that thousands of acres south of the interstate should
also be excluded. The original watershed as defined in 1994 presupposed
the potential for a Seven Mile Creek reservoir in that area which the
county is no longer planning.
"I have some real problems with this proposal," Yuhasz said.
"Protecting a reservoir isn't part of what's going on here. It's not
something that speaks to protection of water quality. There's something
going on here that just doesn't make a lot of sense to me."