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February 3, 2011 12:00 AM

We all live downstream

Stormwater runoff is a hot issue. For many years, construction sites have included detention basins. These “dry ponds” are designed to capture water that runs off the roofs of buildings, across parking lots, or closely mowed lawns and slowly release it into the drainage system. But if you’ve ever been in Five Points in Columbia or anywhere South of Broad in Charleston during a thunder shower, you know what happens when the stormwater system gets overloaded. Now cities and counties are required to test this water and report on what they find. Yuck-o-la, all over!

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