On June 26, the CDT’s front page showed the damage stormwater runoff does to roads and property. The polluted runoff also harms our precious resource, Spring Creek, which is constantly being threatened by development. Oak Hall Regional Park resulted in silt deposited into the stream from the 68 acres of denuded hilltop property. The silt clogs or covers the stream’s gravel bed, preventing aquatic insects from multiplying and reducing the food trout.
As a streamside resident, I’ve observed two incidents in the past year when an otherwise clear stream turned into a mudflow. Little thought was given to what might happen when thunderstorms hit our area like this past week. Didn’t the developers and construction personnel learn anything from what happened last fall? Whatever Centre Region Parks and Recreation told Darlene Smith about the problem being fixed by what they did made the latest runoff even worse.
In past years, pollution has hurt fish and the macro-invertebrates that inhabit our stream. Although several environmental organizations monitor the stream, our politicians and developers ignore best practices. The recent flooding in College and Harris townships gives testimony to this.
More attention needs to be paid to protect Spring Creek, and the residents of surrounding townships must be assured that future flooding of our streets and the damage to our precious Spring Creek will be prevented.
Now that more will be spent on a mess that could have been prevented, what will the developers, engineers and developers do to permanently fix the problem? We need to know.