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DP Buzz: Stormwater drainage

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Editor's note: "DP Buzz" is an interactive feature of the Daily Press Opinion Page. We email weekly questions on issues and topics affecting Peninsula-area citizens. Each week, subscribers can choose whether to weigh in or not with a short answer. Here is a sampling; all responses are posted at dailypress.com/opinion. To receive DP Buzz questions, email mholtzclaw@dailypress.com with the subject "DP Buzz."

This week's question: Are the cities and counties on the Peninsula doing enough to handle stormwater drainage?

I live in Newport News amd they have been doing a lot of work on the LARGER drainage ditches in my area. Many of them had large trees growing in them and they have been removed. Hope it helps. However, the city is always looking for another fee to add onto our water bills.

B.M. Tysinger

Newport News

The city of Hampton has been looking at stormwater flooding for over two years but as of yet it has not developed a plan to deal with the problem. Every year we cross our fingers and hope that a major hurricane does not hit our area. The council formed a citizens committee to deal with the problem and then after the committee met for over two years they ignored the majority of the committee's findings. They are fiddling while Rome burns. While we spend money on new courthouses and expensive master plans, flooding is the most serious problem facing our city. Remedies are going to be expensive but it is time for action - not more studies. A new court house will not do us any good if it is under water.

Hugh E. Bassette

Hampton

I live in an area that doesn't have stormwater drainage problems, but I must pay a stormwater fee anyway. The rate of increase in the stormwater fee, in Newport News, far exceeds the increase in national cost-of-living. It is outrageous.

Chris Astle

Newport News

There's lots more to be done. The creek that goes under Campbell Road and Warwick Boulevard caries truckloads of silt and trash to the Warwick River with every moderate rain. That's just one drop in the massive volume of local tributaries to the bay. Marshes and beaver dams are needed along with man-made filters and settling ponds at the pollutant sources. Citizens need to be involved with trash control and taxes from businesses that generate the trash should go first to pay for mitigation and cleanup.

Joe Blumber

Newport News

Not always, in Poquoson. My daily walks around Wythe Creek Road and Victory Blvd intersection show over-grown ditches and drains that aren't cleared often enough. Our FLAT land requires better maintenance in some parts of town. People who throw litter everywhere are part of the problem, and businesses that don't clean their own areas don't help!

Jim Granger

Poquoson

Hampton Roads Storm water issues are extensive, a failure in governance and derisory enforcement that defer developer and reclamation cost to the taxpayer. Gray Water Technology is the answer, funded through bond issues paid off by the income from using Gray Water where potable water is not required.

Dave McGinnis

Williamsburg

Reporting a friend's better answer than I could ever supply: No. Flooding of Newport News streets is worse than ever. Stormwater runnoff is damaging the Warwick River. Saltgrass is dying at an unprecedented rate; the river is filling in; fauna are disappearing – thanks mainly to new roadwork for Fort Eustis.

Steve Corneliussen

Poquoson

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