Cost-Effective Ways to Cut Stormwater Pollution into Bay

Mar 28, 2013

Stormwater Runoff
Credit James River Association

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new report says there are cost-effective ways for local governments to reduce stormwater pollution going into the Chesapeake Bay.

The report says local governments could possibly reduce their costs by 50 percent to 85 percent by choosing the most-effective measures. These measures include restoring urban streams instead of building detention ponds and repairing sewer lines.

The Maryland-based nonprofit Center for Watershed Protection conducted the study for the Richmond-based James River Association.

Jeff Corbin is the Environmental Protection Agency's senior adviser on an initiative to restore the bay. He tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch  that cutting stormwater pollution costs by 85 percent could be optimistic. But he says he'll happily take a 50 percent reduction.