Changes Announced to Public Hearing on Water Quality Issue

Changes Announced to Public Hearing on Water Quality Issue

Friday, August 16, 2019
Due to concern from area agriculture producers about the format of the Public Hearing and Information Open House to be held on Monday, August 19, the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District has amended the event slightly and added a follow-up meeting.
 
The event on the 19th will begin at 7 p.m. and will offer the opportunity for all to come to learn more about the nitrate contamination issue and proposed changes to regulations. The board, NRD staff and experts from other agencies will be available to present data on contamination issues in the nine-county region of the district as well as actions that may reduce the level of nitrate in the groundwater.
 
A stenographer will be present to record testimony from the public starting at 7 p.m. in a separate room. Testimony may be given orally or in writing and will enter the public record. Comments may also be submitted on the NRD website at www.upperbigblue.org/contact. The purpose of the collected testimony is for board members to hear the input of their constituents ahead of a decision about the proposed changes. Comments may be submitted for consideration for ten days after the event.
 
The alteration to the public hearing format is that board members will now be present in the testimony room starting at 8:15 to hear testimony directly, though they will be unable to respond to questions or comments during this time.
 
A follow-up board meeting will be held on September 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Campbell Student Activity Center on the York College campus (925 Mayhew, York). This meeting will be open to the public and will be a time for the board to answer additional questions and respond to the concerns of their constituents.