Growth is inevitable and desirable. destruction of community character is not.
An Inclusive Approach We vision a different way of "doing business”. One that is inclusive of both of our communities - Coaldale and Security. We believe that both communities matter and that there is a way to do this that maintains our heritage and provides the necessary drinking water to the citizens of Security.
We understand that the CB Ranch will be dried up and the water transferred to Security Water District. We understand that change is inevitable. However, we ask Security Water District to please take an inclusive approach to their water transfer. We ask them to please consider the needs of their community AND the needs of the Coaldale community. Because, Coaldale matters just as much as Security and any opportunity we have to work together is one worth taking.
Proper revegetation - We are concerned about the revegetation of the CB Ranch. Proper erosion control and weed management requires on-going monitoring for the long-term. Having witnessed environmental degradation that followed permanent dry-up on formerly irrigated land in our valley and beyond, we know that "business as usual" doesn't work . Revegetation is a science and current state statutes are not sufficient and we ask Security to please work with our community so we aren't left with blighted land and a fire hazard.
Maintain the land as open space - Following the dry-up, the future use of the CB Ranch is extremely important to the Coaldale community and beyond. We value open space and while the ranch ultimately won't be irrigated, it should be preserved in perpetuity as wildlife habitat and scenic open space. We don't want to have a sea of houses in our beautiful scenic and wildlife corridor along the Arkansas River. Development of this beautiful land would forever change the face of our special agricultural community.
Keeping the ranch in agricultural use for as long as possible -Until all of the subject water rights are needed by Security Water District at some point in the future for the provision of water service to its constituents, we ask Security to maintain the water rights as irrigation water rights on the CB Ranch.