I shocked, SHOCKED I tell ya to learn that storm water holding ponds are actually collecting debris and pollutants. Simply amazing.
The local neighborhood pond fringed with spring green looks attractive, but its muddy bottom is loaded with contaminants.
Metro communities from White Bear Lake and Maplewood to South St. Paul are discovering that their storm-water ponds are chemical soups of pesticides, fertilizers, pet wastes, oil, grease and other contaminants.
With an estimated 20,000 public storm-water ponds in the metro area, and thousands more privately owned by industries and homeowner associations, state pollution officials say they expect the problem to be widespread.
“It took us aback, frankly,” said Mark Burch, White Bear Lake’s public works director. “Especially when we figured out how much it would cost” to clean up.
Being someone who had to spend years and tons and tons of money appeasing our watershed district for a project here at work, I can tell you that I happen to know that these ponds are pretty much suppose to collect this sort of stuff. And as for cost, well, yes environmentalism is incredibly expensive. I’m sure the “engineers” who mandated these ponds and rain gardens have friends who will be happy to come clean this up…. for a hefty price.
Maybe we should all just go back to hugging trees, it would be so much cheaper.