Last month, the town celebrated the completion of a new municipal parking lot with a ribbon cutting, dignitaries, and speeches. As the local newspaper, the Herald-Progress, said, “Call it a watershed moment.”
That’s because the town went the extra mile and spent the extra dollar to create a “soft,” low-impact parking lot that absorbs water and pollution rather than allowing them to run off hard pavement and into nearby Stony Run, a Chesapeake Bay tributary.
The runoff of rain and snow in cities and towns is among the most serious pollution problems plaguing the Chesapeake Bay and its many streams and rivers. The rain and snow aren’t the problem – it’s the dirt, fertilizers, oil, and grease that get washed off the land and dumped into nearby waterways. The culprit isn’t Mother Nature; it’s man and our inattentiveness to the impacts we have on the natural world.