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No Net Increase in Pollution

Hands Across the Lake members and officers attended many county board meetings providing input and advocating better water quality standards.  HAL members met with county officials and Environmental Engineers to discuss these issues and provided feedback highlighting the need for clean water in the Swift Creek Reservoir.
 The plan was amended to allow no increases in the level of pollution into the reservoir.

From Ammendment:
"The county goal is to promote and enforce ordinances that protect the waters of the Swift Creek watershed and comply with the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act in achieving the goals of prevention of any increase in pollution, reduction in existing pollution and promotion of water resource conservation to provide health, safety and welfare for present and future citizens. "

The following techniques were added to the Master Plan as ways for developers to retain run off on-site so that it gets back into the ground and does not run off into streams. From the County Website:

• Preservation and Restoration of Natural Cover and Areas: Retaining the existing natural conditions such as vegetation, soils and wetlands provide a natural and cost effective way to manage storm water quantity and quality.
•    Low Impact Site Design Techniques: LID is a site design strategy with the goal of maintaining or replicating the pre-development hydrologic regime through the use of design techniques to create a functionally equivalent hydrologic landscape.
•   Utilization of Natural Features for Storm Water Management: Traditional storm water systems are designed to collect, concentrate and convey storm flows efficiently away from the development. Natural drainage patterns tend to be ignored and replaced with structural controls. A nontraditional approach would seek to incorporate the sites existing natural features. These could include natural drainage patterns, depressions, permeable soils, wetlands and vegetative areas. This would reduce the number of structural controls and provide for more natural storm water control of infiltration, pollutant filtration and maximize on-site storm water storage.

County Website Link:
Swit Creek Plan Amendment