The Heard’s Alternative Pipeline Route Rejected

I regularly watch the Internet for blogs about McKinney.  Of course, I am normally looking for mentions of our downtown but  I occasionally find a blog that is about something else in McKinney that is of interest to me.  I generally put the link on here under “Blog Links” when I find one I like and is current.

The other day I stumbled across a brand new blog by a young man studying to be a biologist who had previously worked at the Heard Nature Conservancy.  He wrote a really good post on the Heard and the variety of programs it offers.  I made a comment that I’d love to see some photos from out there and he responded that he, in fact, had just such a post planned. 

Later in the day, and completely unrelated, I received the following e-mail from the Heard about how they had lost the battle to not have a pipeline laid through their nature preserve.  I imagine everyone who signed the petition got the same letter.  They suggested that it would help them out if I forwarded it on to more like-minded people (they actually just said to forward to five to ten people) and I thought I’d do one better and repost it here. 

I also left a new comment on Colton’s Blog, asking him his take on the situation and he promised that he would also be posting something about that in the near future.

This is not on the square, I know,  but there is an old poem that leads me to believe this is the appropriate place to post because, if you don’t speak up for your neighbor who has the same interests as yourself, there may be no one to speak up for you when you are the one in need of assistance.

For more information, you might want to keep eye on Colton’s Blog.  It’s not solely on the Heard but it sounds like the Heard is near and dear to his heart and he may have some incredible insights. 

Dear Beth 

Here is the latest update in the Heard’s Preservation Campaign:
 
Efforts to resolve the dispute between The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) and The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary have failed. The dispute arises from NTMWD’s efforts to acquire an easement for a 42″ sewer line through the Wildlife Sanctuary. NTMWD filed a lawsuit to take the land for the sewer line by eminent domain.
 
In an effort to resolve the dispute, Heard’s Board of Directors commissioned a study of the likely effects of the placement of a 42″ sewage line through its property. The study was conducted by Mr. Aaron Brewer of W & M Environmental Group, Inc. out of Austin, Texas. The study found that the current plans for the sewage line through the Sanctuary will disrupt a 110 ft. wide, 3,500 foot long area of the Museum’s Wildlife Sanctuary, damaging native prairie grassland and wetlands. Based upon that study, the Heard offered an alternative route that would mitigate damage to the prairie grassland and minimize the impact upon the Wildlife Sanctuary. The proposal was rejected by the NTMWD and the lawsuit will be set for trial.
 
We will continue to keep you informed as we have more details.
 
Kind Regards,
 
Sy Shahid
Executive Director
The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

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