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Stormwater run-off major threat to waterways

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WILMINGTON -- Stormwater run-off is a major threat to our waterways. Many tidal creeks are so polluted you can't swim in or collect shellfish from them. Now the state Department of Water Quality is proposing new rules to help keep the waterways clean. The New Hanover County commissioners say they want more discussion about these rules, and that has some people concerned. People from the North Carolina Coastal Federation are upset commissioners voted on this issue at the end of a recent meeting, even though the topic wasn't on the agenda. Mike Giles from the Coastal Federation says he was at the commissioners meeting Monday and heard nothing about the board voting on coastal stormwater rules. He later learned after he and others left, the board members made the decision to ask for more information from the state. Giles said he would have liked to be able to give his input about how crucial it is to step-up stormwater requirements for new building near waterways. He said, "What we want the commissioners to do is put this back before the public in a public hearing. Let's home some frank discussion about this new proposed rule." Some of the proposed rules are increasing buffers between high water lines and developments, and requiring stormwater permits in certain situations. NewsChannel 3 called all of the county commissioners today and only reached Bill Kopp. He wasn't available to go on camera, but said discussing this issue at the end of the meeting was not intended to be secretive. He said he didn't know why the issue wasn't on the meeting's agenda. County Manager Bruce Shell said he plans to ask the commissioners to hold a public hearing on the subject.

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Stormwater runoff

All local, state & federal agencies need to be 200x stricter with stormwater runoff. Discontinue any water front development, increase the setback rules near the water, discontinue conditional use permits, etc. If the powers that be were strict with the issues of stormwater runoff from development then we wouldn't have a major problem with polluted waterways. That's what we've got to look forward to-beach closings. Now what would that do for our tourism. Carolina Beach continues to approve highrise projects, etc. that are ruining our environment. We're pumping a great deal of money into repairing & improving the damage done by pollution.If the officials would make the environment top priority then I believe the economy would be better. Focus on our future instead of how many millions you can make NOW.

This so called government of

This so called government of ours here is about as lame brained as it gets for future planning. Don't conservation/environmental agencies get involved prior to construction of neighborhoods/businesses to verify proper run off after the fact...(i.e.) rules to follow? Guess the state capital will fine Wilmington and county leaders on these issues too...and taxes will increase again to cover their rear ends. Plus...with the lack of rain lately...storm run off should be pass-say by now.