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Editorial Comment for January 23, 2012
Monday morning quarterbacking - the need for a water runoff patrol
Something we hope happens today: Individual studies to watch the effects of runoff. A friend of mine is replacing $3,000 worth of carpet because of unnecessary runoff created by open downspouts. The damage was preventable. Sometime this spring, there will likely be preventable flooding on Campbellsville Street and Fairground Street and Williams Street because of Preventable Runoff.
I was made acutely aware of what caused flooding at a Town Creek Valley lot by an observant Columbia City Police many years ago when Justin Claywell was on the force and Town Creek flooded the foot of Jamestown Hill. The water rose 10 feet closer to our house than it ever had. Officer Claywell traced the the source: New Contruction, new roof tops, an acre of blacktop at Jamestown Hill & Curry Street! It made me much more aware that new construction, in and of itself can have offsetting detrimental effects.
Columbia has come a long way since the days when run off was fluffed off with a laugh and the genius, "Tee hee hee, all I know is water runs downhill." It seems profoundly wrong today, just as the Custer decision to blacktop Guardian Street Coast to Coast was, in retrospect, a dumb choice. Water which was previously slowed gains momentum in a sheet of runoff. There.
Today would be a good day to watch where the runoff is created and see how changes could be made. It ought to be a part of every day after abnormally heavy rainfall. Today is also a good day to appreciate the urban forest which does so much to slow runoff and flooding, and to mourn the passing of the trees which took a lifetime to grow but are taken out in a moment when the real need was to bury utility lines. -EW
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