Fauquier Now published yet another letter to the editor from that hateful old crone Hope Porter complaining about the impact a nice proposed commercial development along Walker Road in Warrenton would have on the community’s water supply.
In weighing the pros and cons of the proposed development on Walker Drive, water should be the main concern for the residents of Warrenton.
Last summer, we did not have a drought — merely a dry spell. The Warrenton Reservoir was lower than I have ever seen it. And, I see it every day.
The three streams that feed the reservoir, Warrenton’s primary source of water, all rise within two miles of the reservoir, creating a limited watershed.
Today, there are 26 ponds in this watershed, all created after World War II. In the heat of summer, very little water escapes these ponds, except through evaporation, resulting in diminished water in the streams that feed the reservoir.
For a six-month period that ended a few days ago, no water flowed over the dam along Blackwell Road.
Warrenton’s reservoir is at the top of the Cedar Run Watershed. There is nowhere else for Warrenton to go for water, except for wells, which can be a problem because of contamination.
Porter and her fellow anti-growth, environmental zealots succeeded many years ago in killing any opportunity Fauquier County had to develop its water resources. The county’s Comprehensive Plan, which these folks hold up at the holy Koran of development, originally called for the construction of, I believe, five water reserves throughout the county. The most recent of which would have been built in a ravine along Cedar Run in Auburn, but was finally killed about 20 years ago.
The same old not-in-my-back-ground crowd that opposes just about any sensible plan, along with anti-growth zealots like Porter and the wretched Piedmont Environmental Council, fought against the construction of that water resource. To my knowledge only two or three of the original five lakes were created.
Porter’s disingenuously complains about the so-called water impact of the Walker Drive project, knowing full well that she and her pals killed off sensible plans to address this county’s future needs. The current Board of Supervisors, and unfortunately, the local newspaper, are owned lock-stock-and-barrel by the same bunch of busy bodies who seek to tell everyone what they can do with their own land that they pay taxes on. Meanwhile, these same clowns put their hundreds and thousands of acres in tax sheltered “open space” easements, claiming to be farmers but really are nothing more than well-landed, rich welfare queens.