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Monday, March 05, 2007

(d)Rain Drops keep flowing to our streams

The PI's blog reports that the City Council has moved toward dis-incentivizing stormwater running off. Congrats to Councilmember Conlin for this ambitious proposal.

What this would mean is that large parking lots (think Northgate Mall or that lovely large lot by the Husky Stadium) or large lawns (parks? golf courses?) would have a fee imposed on them that is larger than the rest of us. Why lawns, you ask? Because the amount of water that runs off of a lawn (often just two inches of grass/soil over our nasty impermeable glacial till) has the same coefficient of runoff (as the civil engineers would say) as other land uses.

Good stuff.

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