This is the year to act on water pollution, not kick the can further down the road.
that's exactly what the Virginia General Assembly may do if any one of
dozens of bills written to delay stormwater regulation pass this
runoff coming from the streets and parking lots in developed areas (also
called stormwater) spoils local streams and rivers, and significantly
degradation of the Chesapeake Bay.
To address this problem, the
General Assembly had the foresight to initiate the stormwater
management program way back in 2004. Stakeholders worked on regulations for
more than five years, reaching a consensus on the regulations in
their current form.
Implementation has been postponed in 2006,
2009, 2010 and again in 2012. Enough is enough!
Now, some want to postpone their responsibility yet again. What are they
waiting for? Tell your Virginia Senator and Delegate that stopping
polluted runoff is important to you. Tell them: no
delay, no dilution, no exemptions.
Dear [Decision Maker],
I'm writing today to ask you to oppose any effort to delay, dilute or exempt localities from implementing the stormwater management program.In 2004 the General Assembly initiated the stormwater management program, and a diverse group of stakeholders, including developers, local governments, stormwater technical experts and conservation organizations, worked on regulations for more than five years. Implementation of the program was then postponed in 2006, 2009, 2010 and again in 2012. The General Assembly also voted to require localities to operate local stormwater programs in 2012. Now - two years later - some want to postpone this for yet another year. It is past time for Virginia to act.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]