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Countdown To CAOmageddon: Flaw #8 – Science Fiction

The Trojan Heron Commentary

August 10, 2012

Friends Board member, Janet Alderton, who never met a person she couldn’t lecture, has a letter in a local news blog about unfounded CAO fears. In it, she claims that the new CAOs will hardly change anything for homeowners, which (if true) just begs the obvious question of why are we changing them at all?

The fact is that the new CAOs will change everything for our community, but if Janet is genuinely interested in unfounded claims, perhaps she should re-read the text of the CAOs which she helped to write. Here’s an excerpt from the proposed CAO for wetlands.

As discussed in the BAS Synthesis, runoff from areas influenced by human development is well characterized (National Research Council, 2008) and is often contaminated with an array of pollutants, including: those from lawn and garden chemicals (containing both active ingredients and surfactants that can negatively affect aquatic species); building materials including pressure treated lumber (containing copper chromated arsenate), zinc and copper impregnated shingles and roofing strips, and roofing materials containing phthalates (plastic gutters and downspouts, roofing felt, roof membranes); fertilizers; rodent poisons; termite spray and other insecticides; moss control products; deicers; contaminants associated with automobiles, including oil, antifreeze, rubber and metals from the wear of tires, brakes and other parts; and sediment from dirt and gravel driveways. Many of these contaminants are directly associated with the choices and practices of the property owner and are difficult or impossible to regulate. If they are allowed to enter surface water bodies, these pollutants can contaminate and become concentrated in the food web, negatively affecting aquatic habitats and species.

Is well characterized? Is often contaminated with an array of pollutants? Are impossible to regulate? Can contaminate and become concentrated in the food web?

Talk about unfounded! There isn’t a shred of evidence about de manifestis concentrations of pollution from any of those hypothetical sources in this county. It’s a specious premise, and it displays the fundamental error with all the CAOs: “they” have assumed a problem without any evidence. Then, “they” have “solved” the problem with draconian measures. It’s equivalent to a faith healer diagnosing you with cancer or some other horrible disease, and then laying his hands upon you and saying you are cured. Well, many folks don’t want the County’s hands upon them, or anyone else’s hands either. Leave us alone. We’re not sick, and we don’t need your “help.”
 
The CAOs read like science fiction because that is what they are. I wish Scotty could beam us all up.

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