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Why bother preserving it if you plan to let deep pocket corporations set up industrial manufacturing plants on it in the middle of rural residential communities. That's the sort of changed use introduced just last year. Leaves me wondering if there's a connection.

Where exactly did this land preservation happen, Brian? And what corporation built a manufacturing plant in the middle of it?

And yet CBF supports the Rain Tax. How many times is CBF going to be duped into raising funds for politicians to rob?

Developers Rain Tax...subsidized by Tax Payers...robbed by net pollution abatement.

Why not just require developers to address their own runoff and be done with it? It's not like a swale or rain garden at the edge of a parking lot is much to ask of a developer.

You've bought into some propaganda, Paul, and are repeating falsehoods.

The polluted runoff fees are not, in fact, a "rain tax." They are a tax (or fees, more accurately) on blacktop and other impervious surfaces that contribute oil and other toxic chemicals to streams and the Bay.

To say that there is "no net pollution abatement" from the projects funded by runoff pollution control fees is factually wrong. There are decades of solid evidence and scientific studies that prove runoff pollution control systems reduce nitrogen, sediment, and other pollutants. One 2012 report that presents hard evidence of the pollution removal rates is "Recommendations of the Expert Panel to Define Removal Rates for Urban Stormater Retrofits," by Ray Bahr and colleagues working with the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program. You can read that report here:

Developers in many areas are already required to install pollution control devices like rain gardens and swales for new projects.

The pollution control fees are needed for the construction of runoff control systems on existing, older parking lots, and roads and driveways that lack them today.

There is no evidence that politicians are "robbing" (a word that means a criminal taking of money) the stormwater control funds. If you can direct me to any criminal charges filed against elected officials for improperly taking these funds, please do so. Stormwater control fees exist across the U.S. in more than 1,400 counties and cities, with the first approved 40 years ago. If there was criminal theft from these funds, a criminal charge would have surfaced sometime in the last four decades. To my knowledge, no such criminal charges or even allegations have arisen.

So please refrain from making accusations that are not supported by facts.

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