Clean water crucial in Clark County
The March 18 Columbian story “Clark County continues its legal battle against state’s stormwater regulations,” on the county’s struggle to address polluted runoff, failed to mention why the state is engaging in this effort. When it rains, toxic chemicals wash off roofs and roads, and our current system for protecting local water quality from that pollution doesn’t work.
This is about taking responsibility for our community. Clean water is essential for the health of our families and the strength of the local economy. For too long we have had to clean up after those who pollute our air and water. Establishing standards for how we manage polluted runoff is about ensuring everyone pays their fair share, and green infrastructure techniques such as eco-roofs and pervious pavement are proven tools for treating rainfall where it lands and keeping toxic pollution out of our water.