|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|
Comments on the Proposed Stormwater Regulations
I am a resident of
We have made progress in reducing pollution from two of the three major sources of pollution in our waterways-waste discharges and agricultural runoff.
Individual homeowners are required to pump their septic tanks every five years and to pay the bill for this.
Our Soil and Water Conservation District toils endlessly to sign farmers onto various programs. State funding has been allocated to agricultural BMPs. All programs require some contribution by the farmer. It is true that participation by the agricultural community has been voluntary. But, remember, the profit margins of farmers are far less generous than the profit margins of builders; farmers can’t pass the bill on to their cattle.
The stormwater legislation proposed by DCR is the first serious attempt to address the regulation of the third source of pollution-runoff from urban and suburban sites which has increased as development has increased throughout the Commonwealth. The EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office estimates that almost one third of the phosphorus and sediment loads to the Bay watershed are attributed to urban and suburban sources.
ALL who produce sources of pollution must do their part to achieve
In the interest of fair play, I ask that you review the exemption of local government and and state government. And, please require the localities to enforce the Erosion and Sedimentation laws and the
Thank you DCR for your work on these regulations: the time you were willing to commit, the stakeholders your were willing to assemble, the science you were willing to seek out, and the citizens’ voices you are willing to hear.
Our waters are public assets and you are the agency that we rely on to protect the public.
Rebecca Reed, 223 Butler Rd.,