“Keep It Clean, We All Live Downstream”

January 4, 2008 at 1:19 am 3 comments

The new brochure given out by the City of Belmont Stormwater Management program. Came in the mail with the water bills:

belmont-stormwater-management-flyer.pdf

how-stormwater-pond-works.jpg

(How a stormwater detention pond works)

Yes, one of the unfunded federal mandated programs that the cities were left to figure out how to fund and enforce.

epa-fact-sheet-on-stormwater-technology.pdf

Well, really, to be fair, there have been some funding “streams” from the feds and state that cities can “match” with local efforts.  

But, Belmont and other communities got most of it right by the use of Stormwater Fees and better planning methods to retain runoff caused by new development. Impact fees have also helped, but as much as communities raise those fees, developers keep proposing projects.

Good planning (which Belmont is getting better at year-by-year) and tightening the local ordinances are helping to slow the runoff caused by development within the watershed area of the Catawba and South Fork rivers. With urbanization — heavens, that’s happening here? — comes the effects that run down the street, into the sewers, and directly into the rivers.

Well, many of us purchased homes that have been here since back in the day… and like it or not, we need to help try to keep our drinking water source as clean as can be for everyone – yup, even the dreaded newcomers. Wouldn’t be neighborly if all of a sudden the new people in them rich houses started to get sick on a count of our grass clippings making algae around the intakes now would it?  

Go on back up in the article to read about ways we all can help to keep our runoff cleaner. We particularly like the suggestion #2, Washing Your Vehicle. the flyer suggests that we pull the car onto the lawn to wash, where the soapy water will fall on the grass and be filtered as it drains. It won’t harm the lawn it suggests. Well, what happens if you don’t have much yard? – like in Hawthorne or Adams Bluff – and, what about the ruts in the lawn?

Oh well, don’t have to worry ’bout that right now – we are NOT supposed to be washing cars anyway because of the DROUGHT. Oh, of course, it’s ok if you have an irrigation well though, right – Eagle Park, Graystone, Belle Meade, and Glenmere?

eagle-park-project.jpg     img_0070.jpg

Anyway, We all need to do our best to help the stormwater management process work — for our health, and for the health of our neighbors downstream as well.

Fun source of information on stormwater management processes, just click on the picture under the linked article.

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Entry filed under: Belmont, Belmont Front Porch, Belmont Stormwater management, Catawba River, City Council, Community, Drought, Front Porch, Lake Wylie, Land use, Newcomers, Planning & Zoning, River in Distress, Roads, Sludge, Small Town, South Fork River, Stormwater, Wastewater Treatment, Water Conservation, Water Use, Well water, Wells.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Geno  |  January 4, 2008 at 9:11 am

    I thought Belmont had a city ordinance against parking a car on a lawn. So we can break the ordinance to wash our cars? It’s getting silly.

    Reply
  • 2. mar  |  January 6, 2008 at 1:22 am

    FYI, Belle Meade does not have well irrigation.

    Reply
  • 3. belmontfrontporch  |  January 6, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Think if you checked, you just might find that 2, maybe three, properties have had wells dug since the property subdivision called Belle Meade was developed.
    If not, we apologize and stand corrected.

    Reply

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