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All very nice and green, unless you are building a new house in Arlington after January 2012 code came into effect requiring new home owners to clutter their yards with unsightly "urban planters" that cost a small fortune. I'm not convinced there is a need to filter rain water or that the cost should be borne by homeowners. No amount of urban planters filling the yards of new single family homes can possibly stop runoff from the extreme weather events that are now commonplace. The already nightmarish Arlington County permit process has somehow managed to get worse...

Huh. I walked by Donaldson Run after the storm. That artificial reconfiguration of the stream attempting to control the water- damaged. In fact, all that artificial stream control was - if I am not mistake - immediately busted after installation by a major storm - and had to be rebuilt. Now, after Sandy - trails near donaldson run which had been "reconfigured" are getting washed out and turned into mud pits. The stone calming measures in the stream, are suffering erosion and the water is finding its own way down.

This was a wasted effort and a waste of tax payer dollars - by humans who think they can control water. These efforts are all falling apart. And now ArlCo wants to cut down more trees along Donaldson Run in order to do some more "recofiguration."

To longchamps...then who should take responsibility? Should we all wait until our water becomes undrinkable? Then it's too late.

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