|Action||Amend Parts I, II, and III of the Virginia Stormwater Management Program Permit Regulations to address water quality and quantity and local stormwater management program criteria.|
|Comment Period||Ends 8/21/2009|
As a practicing drainage engineer I should welcome all additional tightening of regulations for stormwater control. After all more regulations means more design and money in my personal pocket.
Unfortunately, the new regulations will probably regulate most future development out of existence. These new restrictions will greatly increase the cost of developing land to the point where most small dvelopment projects will not be feasible.
When regulators ignore the 800lb gorilla, that being agricultural runoff and pollution, and specifcally over regulate the building industry, we as engineers wonder how much of these new regulations are actually aimed at a soft target, so as to mollify the political activism of the green movement.
When regulators ignore existing developed land, which has serious polluting effects on our streams and rivers, and insist on tightening the screws on already regulated development activities, we as engineers see an insincere effort to fix the bigger problem. Could it be that regulators are afraid to tax the public into the fixing of existing problems?They do not seem to fear putting heavy burdens on private businesses?
When regulators allow public facillities such as sewage treatment plants, interstate highways, and publicly owned development, to dump trillions of cubic feet of partially treated waste into our waterways, and show no concern about the already burdensome regulations on private citizens, we as engineers realize that jealous regulators only want to expand their power over the independence of entreprenures and buisnessmen.
The regulations should not be expanded until other, much more significant swm problems are at least partially addressed.
Vote down these new very detrimental regulations.