FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- After nearly six hours of debate, the Fayetteville City Council passed the stream side protection ordinance late Tuesday night.
The measure would create a 50 foot protection zone near streams, and property owners would have to keep things like feed lots, swimming pools and parking lots away from streams. City leaders have said the ordinance would prevent harmful runoff and erosion.
Many property owners said the law oversteps the city's bounds.
The ordinance passed with a vote of 7 to 1. Alderman Bobby Ferrell cast the only vote against the ordinance.