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2 The Saline County Study Knowledge-Based Community Decision Making

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4 Principles of Saline County Study  Citizen involvement throughout a process leads to more informed decisions regarding issues.  An informed decision requires access to expertise to help understand the issues, alternative solutions, and consequences.

5 Issues Facing Saline County  Saline County is facing issues that will affect quality of life for citizens:  Water quality  Animal agriculture  Jobs and Income  Recreation and tourism  Protection of natural resources

6 What is the Saline County Study?  A collaborative effort to develop the information necessary for citizens and government to make informed decisions:  Saline County Citizens  County Commission  University Outreach and Extension  Researchers at the University of Missouri - Columbia

7 Mission Statement Promote a rational, predictable and stable investment environment that identifies and protects key resources, personal rights and property rights through a process that involves and educates the citizens of Saline County

8 Study Group  10 Citizen Steering Committee  Additional Campus Researchers  3 County Extension Staff  3 Commissioners  3 Campus Researchers

9 Research Priority # 1  Are there particularly valuable and vulnerable water resources in the county that justify protection efforts?  What would be the economic impacts of protecting these water resources?

10 Research Priority # 2  Are there particularly valuable and vulnerable natural areas, historic sites and cultural sites in the county that justify protection efforts?  What would be the economic impacts of protecting these sites?

11 Research Priority # 3  What effect, if any, do large- scale animal confinement operations have on the value of nearby property?  How would the location, size and technology of animal operations affect the level and distribution of odor?

12 Research Priority # 4  What is the capacity of land in Saline County to assimilate additional animal manure nutrients, and where in the county is that capacity?  What would be the consequences of exceeding these capacities?

13 Research Priority # 5  Are there legal options available to the state and/or county governments to influence or restrict agricultural uses of land?  What would be the economic and environmental impacts of restricting the availability of land for certain types of animal agriculture?  How would such restrictions affect landowners, property values, tax revenues and county services?

14 Research Priority # 6  How has county land use changed in recent years, and what has been the economic impact of these changes?  How has growth in residential land uses affected county revenues and services?

15 Saline County Sub-Committees  Communications Formulate a county-wide plan to distribute information about the study  Odor Review odor controlling technologies and site considerations  Options Research options for protecting property rights  Scenarios Develop scenarios for “what-if” analysis

16 Saline County Study Web Site Developed and maintained by:  CARES Center for Agricultural, Resource and Environmental Systems  CPAC Community Policy Analysis Center  University Outreach and Extension  Citizens of Saline County

17 Saline County Study Web Site  Meetings  Contact List  Committees  Photo Gallery  Interactive Mapping (GIS)  Discussions  Documents, Reports and Minutes

18 Public Internet Access  Public Libraries in Saline Co.  Extension Office (call ahead )

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