Friday, April 18, 2008

Grow Rochester Tackles Storm Water Fee

The Grow Rochester Coalition is an advocacy group consisting of representatives from the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, the Southeast Minnesota Association of Realtors and the Rochester Area Builders. The coalition was formed to bring together the three largest member groups in Rochester. Formed in 2007, its mission is to promote orderly growth and development of the Rochester area through advocacy, education and awareness.

For the past several weeks the group has been researching the city’s proposed fee and rate increases for the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). To assist in this research the group retained the services of Jeff Broberg, Professional Geologist and Vice President of McGhie & Betts Environmental Services, Inc.

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1 comment:

Peter Maier said...

The sad part is that the Clean Water Act was never implemented as intended and promised, directly due to an incorrect applied water pollution test, EPA used to implement the Act. The result is that EPA ignored nitrogenous (urine and protein) waste and thus still allows rivers to be used as giant urinals. Two other consequences are that one can not evaluate the real performance of a sewage treatment plant and what their effluent waste loadings are on receiving water bodies. For more info

Although EPA acknowledged the problems with this test in 1984, in stead of correcting the test allowed an alternative test, that now officially ignored the pollution caused by nitrogenous waste, while this waste, like fecal waste, exerts and oxygen demand and is a nutrient (fertilizer) for algae and aquatic plants, now considered by EPA the largest form of pollution in our open waters, causing eutrophication and eventually dead zones.

Due to a worldwide incorrect applied pollution test, the CWA, the second largest federally funded public works program, failed and it still appears to be impossible to correct this test and implement the CWA as intended and promised to the American public.