Following heavy storms, residents push for tougher environmental standards, accountability

When the rain started on Feb. 10, the ground was still hard and partially frozen from a month of frigid temperatures. One inch fell. Then another. Then two more. Four inches of rain, unusual for the time of year, pooled in Annapolis roadways, softened grassy Anne Arundel County neighborhoods and fell in sheets down the exposed dirt surfaces of construction sites. City and county code govern the way stormwater flows after developers complete a project. But with the increasing intensity of storm events and mismanagement of sediment and erosion controls, residents and government officials alike are turning their attention to construction sites and whether current regulations are enough to protect their properties and the surrounding waterways from irreparable damage. (Capital)

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