END OF WINTER 2014 (FINALLY!!!)
It isn’t easy to get people to agree about most things. Usually someone can be counted on to disagree for one strange reason or another. But I am willing to bet that at this point in time (almost) everyone can agree on the following. At the end of this long and miserable winter, we are all glad to see the snow gone from our streets, parks and sidewalks. (Yes or No?). And the second point is that we are all looking forward to summer and all of us would like to see cleaner water in Alley Creek and Little Neck Bay. (Yes or No?).
It is hard to disagree with either of these ideas even if you are the essence of disagreeableness.
Well these two ideas are not unrelated. As the last of the snow disappears, it leaves behind a substantial residue of plowed up litter, organics, sediment and anything else that may have been buried beneath the snow. The snow is finally gone but the residue remains and much of it is concentrated right on curbside. The spring rains are not far away and these residues are headed down the street, into the sewers and out in the ‘first flush” to our local waterways. In this valley, storm water discharges are as important or in some cases more important than other kinds of discharges. Where we have storm sewers (and that is almost everywhere) what is on the streets soon finds its way into our waterways.
(Anyone want to disagree with that logic?)
The only thing I underestimated is that I needed two bags instead of one but that’s OK.
Better to have clean street and litter in two bags, than having all of this winter residue washing out to Little Neck Bay.