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Sediment control is an essential part of keeping the bay clean. BUT- folks in the construction and farming business claim draconian(reasonable) sediment control regulations are too expensive and will hurt the business, thus slowing the economy, thus driving down the standard of living for all of us. It's really very simple- the choice is clear-clean water or economic recovery? Everybody wants clean water but nobody wants to pay for it. When the lobbyists for the homebuilding industry tell the folks in Annapolis that more stringent sediment control measures will add 10% to the cost of a new house, how do you think the folks that have the power to legislate react? Do you want to be the legislator responsible for sponsoring the "Job killing sediment control bill"? In these current times? Or the bill that raises food costs due to farmers having to spend more time and $$$ controlling runoff? Joe six pack don't give a **** about water quality, he wants his cheap ground beef and chicken tenders for his kids, and $2/gal gas for his '96 F-250 4x4. I was in the residential and commercial land development industry for 20 years. Trust me-the sediment and erosion control inspector is about as popular on a construction site as a case of genital warts. The inspectors work for the county govts. If the county exec. is a "pro-business" guy, how much is he or she gonna back up the folks in the field? All it takes is a phone call from a connected developer, and suddenly the inspector is getting the message that he/she needs to "go along to get along". Trust me, I've seen it first hand a million times. It's just the way things work.
Pat in Joppa
 
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