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I Need to Build an Ark!

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Seriously. Before we all wash away out here. RIMPO weather, the definitive source of information about the weather in this neck of the woods, says 1.7″ of rain in the last 24 hours.

Today: 1.70in
Hi Rain Rate: 0.209in/hr at 8:18pm
Current Hour: 0.38in
Last 24 Hours: 1.70in
This Month: 4.86in
Year-to-Date: 19.45in
Official MTD Rainfall @ BWI: 3.11in
Official YTD Rainfall @ BWI: 16.97in

Yep, almost twenty inches of rain this year out here. Real rain.

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Oh, and those really cool underground drains. They work quite well.

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Pulling the rain away from the foundation and watering my trees out front. Here is the construction picture.

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I wonder if this qualifies for a credit from the county for stormwater management. After all, I need to get something back for the $165 I will be paying to the county. For all that water that never leaves my property, and all the water that ends up in my front yard from the county road. Maybe I should tax them? It will probably be July before it is safe to take the tractor down into the depressed area in our southwest corner. Where all the run off from the road and our shared driveways ends up.

Interesting times ahead in Howard County. I have the lowest fee in my area, since my neighbor owns the shared driveway. I don’t mind saving the Bay, but paying so others will fix their problems sort of rubs me the wrong way.

Yes, my fee of $165 is by far the lowest of all my neighbors. The worst. $1230, for a neighbor who bought 20 acres behind another farm. Want to know what your fee is?

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About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

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  1. I’ve been mulling over this post. Since the state is going forward with this tax, they should assess the properties to see who has rain gardens and is absorbing as much water as possible. According to the website my fee is only $60 but I purposely plant native flowers, have rain barrels & do as much as possible with my postage stamp garden to absorb the rain. I have neighbors that pay the same rate but have zeroscape – so it’s all runoff!

    • My biggest beef with it. You can have a small fee and be 100% part of the problem, so won’t fix it.

      People out here with acres of land. Trees, shrubs, natural gullies to channel water away from the house and into the fields. No run off to any public sewer or stream. Hundreds or thousands of dollars in fees. To do what? Try to entice others to fix their problems using credits or grants?

      My old house the run off all went into the drain and into a storm water pond that when full went into another drain into a creek feeding the Patuxent. $30 a year each for 60 homes. They won’t do anything to fix the problem. $30 is peanuts.


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