Time to embrace low-impact development

February 03, 2010

Instead of waging a campaign to gut Maryland's storm water regulations ("Storm water regulations would cost jobs," Readers respond, Jan. 26) home builders should embrace common sense approaches to managing storm water runoff. There is nothing radical about low-impact development. Both new and older developments would be more appealing to potential buyers since communities will be more attractive and sustainable with fewer drainage issues. Isn't this a good marketing tool? Developers can even advertise that they are saving the Chesapeake Bay.

I am retrofitting my older suburban plot of land to incorporate rain garden(s) and lessen hard surfaces that don't let rainwater seep into the soil. I will gladly spend the money I've saved in lawn service since I quit putting toxic chemicals on my lawn and quit scalping it in the summer toward improved storm water runoff on my residential plot. It's good for the water table, good for plants and a low maintenance yard, and can help save our national treasure, the Chesapeake Bay.

Elizabeth H. Singer, Columbia

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