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Tuesday, September 21, 1982The Daily Tar Heel3
By KEITH TAYLOR
The Environmental Impact Statement
concerning the controversial Cane Creek
reservoir project was received in late
August by the Orange Waiter and Sewer
Authority. ,j t ,
That statement, prepared by the N.C.
Department of Natural Resources and
Community Development, was required
before the Environmental Management
Commission could decide whether to ap
prove condemnation rights for land on
which the reservoir would be built.
The commission had approved condem
nation rights in 1979, but opponents of the
project appealed that decision in court. As
a result, the N.C. Court of Appeals decid
ed in 1980 that the EIS would be necessary
before the EMC could assess the en
vironmental consequences of the project.
Everett Billingsley, OWASA executive
director, would not comment on the con
tent of the EIS, except to say that the data
in the statement supported OWASA's
contention that the proposed reservoir is
an "environmentally sound project."
Area residents can express their views at
a public hearing, scheduled for Oct. 1 1 at
the Community Church on Purefoy Road.
The commission will make its decision
after that hearing, pending judicial review.
In the EIS, the Cane Creek proposal
was compared to alternate possibilities
most notably the Haw River and Jordan
Lake, as well- as a possible expansion of
University Lake. The Cane Creek proposal
fared best of all the alternatives in terms of
water quality and project cost, estimated
at $16.3 million, The report also said there
would be some unavoidable negative im
pact on the environment and surrounding
Middle East plan
That impact is what Edward Johnson,
spokesman for the Cane Creek Conserva
. tion Authority, said opponents of the pro
ject were trying to prevent.
"It's a classic case of the big guys versus
the little guys," said Johnson, one of the
plaintiffs in the court decision that re
quired the EIS.
Johnson said the CCCA, which was
organized in 1976 to fight the project, has
not yet received a copy of the EIS. He also
said that the CCCA has other strategies it
intends to pursue in order to block the
reservoir, but he refused to reveal those
Pat Davis, systems development
manager for OWASA, said an additional
source of water was necessary because
University Lake, the already-strained
primary water source for the Chapel Hill-Can-boro
area, was not sufficient to meet
the current or future needs of the com
munity. Water-demand forecasts have conclud
ed that residents of the OWASA service
area will require more than 11 million
gallons of water a day by the year 2020.
The present average need is about 6
million gallons per day, which University
Lake supplies, even though it was designed
in 1932 to provide only about half that
That means the difference between dry
periods must be made up from alternate
sources, such as purchase of water from
Durham and Hillsborough. Davis said the
problem becomes even more severe when
there is a prolonged drought, as there was
in 1968 as well as several times during the
The EIS stated that from the water
quality point of view, "Cane Creek is con
sidered to be the best source of water from
those (sources) capable of supplying the
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The report also stated that Cane Creek
water would have less potential for pollu
tion than either the Haw River or Jordan
But Johnson said many towns would be
glad to have water resources comparable
to Jordan Lake or the Haw River.
"Chapel Hill is setting itself up as a
prima donna among towns" in its concern
about water quality, he said. Johnson said
he believed the water from alternate
sources is still "fit to drink," although
' there is some question that pollution and
synthetic organic compound (SOQ levels
may be higher in those sources.
SOCs are man-made substances that
cannot be readily decomposed by natural
processes. Many of them are proven or
suspected to be toxic or cancer-causing
substances, but standards in most cases
have not been established for discharge of
the SOCs into water. This is because of the
difficulty of determining maximum
acceptable levels for the substances, as well
as the difficulty of measuring those
substances in the water.
The OWASA Board of Directors stated
that one of their primary objectives has,
been to supply the safest feasible water
But Johason said the Cane Creek reser
voir would have a disastrous effect on the
surrounding community's cohesiveness
and sense of identity. The reservoir would
inundate large secitons of two active dairy
farms in the area. Some of the families in
the proposed watershed are said to be
descended from settlers who came to that
area more than two centuries ago.
Many environmentalists object to the
loss of valuable woodland, although no
endangered species of plant or animal life
has been found in the area.
By CHRISTINE MANUEL
Staff Writer .
President Ronald Reagan's recently announced plan for
peace in the Middle East has caused a division in the
American Jewish community. Many thought Israeli Prime
Minister Menachem Begin rejected the plan too quickly
although many disagreed with the president's solution.
"Most Jews are troubled on the inside but silent on the
outside," said Rabbi Frank Fischer of the Hillel Founda
tion. Fischer-said the Reagan plan would be an effective
basis for conversation and added that Begin had reacted
too hastily in rejecting the plan.
Reagan called for Palestinian self-rule on the West
-JJank of the Jordan River in a loose federation with Jor
dan and requested a freeze on the building of Jewish set
tlements on the West Bank and the Gaza strip. The presi
dent did not, however, endorse an independent Palesti
nian state or negotiations with the Palestine Liberation
Organization, the Palestinian guerrilla fighters. Reagan re
emphasized "ironclad" support of the Israeli government
and called on all Arab nations to recognize Israel's right to
Prime Minister Begin responded to the Reagan plan
with an angry speech before the Knesset, Israel's Parlia
ment. He said that peace in the Middle East was merely a
"political matter" to Reagan and added, with his fist
crashing onto the podium, "To us,, this is our life!"
Many American Jews have cautiously begun to criticize
Begin's defiance, disrupting the usual silence of American
Jews who rarely challenge the politics of an Israeli govern
ment. Although they commend the president for propos
ing negotiations for peace, Jewish leaders feared the Arab
nations would view Reagan's plan as a major concession
to the Arabs.
Many Jews said Reagan placed too much emphasis on
-negotiations with Jordan's King Hussein, who would not
enter the Camp David accords despite heavy U.S.
pressure. More than 1 million Palestinians now live in Jor
dan.' -.. ; ,
"A (Palestinian) federation with Jordan is a long way
off," said Fischer, who added that the next move in
negotiations would be up to Hussein.
Fischer said the Reagan speech may stir some debate in
the private living rooms of Jewish Americans, but in
general the Jewish community will keep silent in public.
Nonetheless, Fischer said, "I'm not sure how long the
silence will last."
Student assaulted in Hanes Hall
-A female UNO student reported to
T,l)niversity police that she was assaulted
Saturday afternoon while studying in
Hanes Hall by a black male who pre
sented himself as a janitor.
The student, a senior who asked that
her name not be made public, was treated
for bruises at Student Health Service and
released later Saturday afternoon.
The student reported to University
police that she was studying alone in a
room on the first floor of Hanes Hall
when the suspect came in and announced
that he was going to clean that room and
that she would have to move. She said
when she got up to move she just decided
to leave the building completely.
"When I had nearly gotten out of the
building he came up behind me and put
his arms around my waist and tried to
drag me into the men's bathroom," she
She told University police that a brawl
then occurred, and that he struck her
below her left eye, in the mouth and on
the back of her head.
He then grabbed her pocketbook but
dropped it as he ran outside the building,
she said. A couple that was sitting outside
told police that he then ran toward
Cameron Avenue and escaped, according
to University police records.
The victim said she had some suspi
cions from the beginning about the sus
"He slurred his words and it was hard
to understand what he was saying," she
said. "All he had to make him look like a
janitor was a rag hanging out of his back
Investigation into the case is pending
according to the University police.
Wreck killstgrai s
A UNC graduate student was killed
in a motorcycle accident on Jones
Ferry Road last Sunday afternoon
when the man she was riding with lost
control of the bike and crashed into a
The student was identified as Faith
Ann Seiple, 28, a first-year graduate
student in the UNC Department of Ci
ty and Regional Planning. The driver
was identified as Dale Erwin
Carpenter, 46, of Vanceboro. '
Clyde Jones of the South Orange
Rescue Squad said his unit responded
to the accident about 6:30 p.m. Sun
day. Carpenter was reported dead at
the scene and Seiple died shortly after
being admitted to the emergency room
at North Carolina Memorial Hospital.
A friend said Seiple had left her
sister's wedding reception shortly
before the time of the accident. The
accident occurred on Jones Ferry
Road about 3 miles inside Chatham
A memorial service will be held to
day at 2 p.m. at the Wesley Founda
tion on Pittsboro Street.
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Orange Go. prepared
for water shortage
By LYNDA THOMPSON
Although Chapel Hill and Carrboro
have not suffered a severe water shortage
since 1977, the area may again face prob
lems because of the lack of rain in the past
four to five weeks. .
The level of University Lake, the area's
main water supply, dropped 12 inches this
summer, said Doug Terry, superintendent
of water supply and treatment at Orange
Water & Sewer Authority.
"We have not had a trace of rain for the
. first 14 days of September," Hydrologist
Alan Gustafson of the Raleigh Weather
Service said. "October and November are
expected to be dry tunes, but it is unusual
for September. We have not considered
the situation a problem yet, but we are
keeping an eye on it," he said.
The rain level is above the normal for
the year because of the heavy rains in
April, May and June. But the usual level
for the months of August and September
dropped 5 inches with the absence of rain
in July and August, Gustafson said.
"If the weather conditions remain the
same in the next four to six weeks, we may
implement the five-step water plan," Terry
This five-step plan is a conservative plan
adopted by Orange County. According to
Everett Billingsley, executive director at
OWASA, the first step is to alert the
public that there is a serious problem.
Restriction ordinances make up the next
four steps, which intensify the rationing of
water with each step.
Billingsley said the shortage in 1977 was
caused by a period of little or no rainfall in
April and the summer months.-
"With these periods of no rainfall in
1977, we entered the dry months (October
and November) in a deficient situation.
This is not the case this year. We had an
abnormal abundance of rainfall this June.
It's just the past two months' rainfall has
been below normal," Billingsley said.
- "We are evaluating the situation week
to week, but don't want to' say we have a
serious problem yet," he said.
New monthly publication voices
opinions of College Republicans
By ROBERT MONTGOMERY
Staff Writer -.-
Another publication has appeared on
the UNC campus. . ' , .
The North Carolina Federation of Col
lege Republicans has created a new state
wide newspaper, which was distributed
on campus last week.
Freedom's Defense, is published each
month by the College Republicans. The
first issue, which included columns on
President Ronald Reagan, the Middle
East and Governor Jim Hunt, was four
- Phil Painter, a University student who
is the treasurer of the N.C. College Re
publicans and whp also helped in the pro
duction of Freedom's Defense, said the
'columns in the -first issue were solicited
from College Republicans and professors
at other North Carolina schools, but that
future issues would feature columns vol
unteered by College Republicans across
the state. "Any member of the College
Republicans can write for the paper," he
said. Painter also serves as chairman of
the Campus Governing Council's Rules
and Judiciary Committee.
Because the columns in the paper are
written by members of the College Re
publicans and are opinions; they do not '
necessarily reflect the -opinions of the ;
North Carolina Federation of College
Republicans, Painter said.
The editor of Freedom's Defense,
Thomas DeWitt, a student at North
Carolina State, developed the idea for the
statewide newspaper along with Painter.
The nqwspaper is distributed around
canpuses all over North Carolina by
chairmen of College Republican clubs.
The newspaper is funded by private
dqnations from across the state; the
average donation was about $20, Painter
"We want to deal with issues instead of
being a newsletter." The newspaper
shows people what the College Republi
cans are doing, he said.
Joe Trostel, chairman of the UNC Col
lege Republicans, said in a telephone in
terview that the goal of Freedom's De
fense was "to clarify misconceptions and
to make people more aware of the Col
"Our goal as College Republicans is to
win the battle of ideas," he said.
Trostel said it was hard to tell whether
many UNC College Republicans would
take advantage of the opportunity to
voice their opinions in the newspaper.
"There are a lot of opportunities here,"
he said. Campus publications such as The
Daily Tar Heel provide the chance to
voice opinions, also, he said.
Painter said the College Republicans
were one of the largest youth movements
l in the natiorrand that it was important to
have a publication that showed what the
College Republicans were doing in North
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deli sandwiches, side orders, and cream sodas all at
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