Conservation Groups oppose Home Builders sponsored legislation.
Conservation Groups oppose Home Builders sponsored legislation, citing threats to public health, existing flooding and pollution of urban waters, increasing costs to taxpayers.
The Tennessee Environmental Council, the Tennessee Conservation Voters, the Southern Environmental Law Center, the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, Tennessee Clean Water Network, Harpeth River Watershed Association, Richland Creek Watershed Alliance and Obed Community Watershed Association are opposed to legislation sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Tennessee as it would create threats to public health, cause additional flooding and urban water pollution, and increase costs to taxpayers in addition to a myriad of other water and quality-of-life related problems for Tennessee communities.
• Threatens public health in urban communities. Managing the first flush of stormwater is the best way to keep disease-causing bacteria and toxins out of urban waters where children play.
• Destroys urban streams and increases flooding. When watersheds become paved over, the land that used to soak up rain and storms becomes “impervious” and instead “flushes” like toilets when it rains. This washes pollutants into the water, causes severe erosion; destroys property, wildlife and critical habitat.
• Puts the burden on other regulated businesses and entities like sewer plants to remove more pollutants to compensate for the pollutants added to waterways from the homebuilding industry.
• Damages fishing and other recreational stream, river and lake use.
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