Despite their best intentions to erect a pavilion at the town’s new park, Warsaw officials came onto a stumbling block last week: the newest version of the Chesapeake Bay Protection Act.
On Jan. 9, council discussed findings made during a meeting a day prior with civil engineer Joel Pinnix of Obsidian Inc. whereby any new structures built at the park would have to comply with the commonwealth’s soon to be enacted strict Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (SWPP).
According to the plan, “managed turf” is now considered a pollutant load and any runoff must meet state water quality criteria.
It is a burden that larger cities, with sewers and massive drainage systems may find manageable, but for rural areas such as Warsaw, it becomes a cost prohibitive measure for new construction with fees for proper drainage possibly running into double digits.
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