Feb 1, 2018
A Salty Tale In Allentown
The prediction of light snow early Tuesday morning proved to be correct. By Wednesday morning the streets were white, however it wasn't snow, but salt. For a city which just enacted a stormwater fee, largely because of salt runoff, you would think that a more prudent use of salt would be in order.
Despite the federal mandate to clean stormwater running into the streams, I have doubt that anything significant will be changed for many years. Understand that the city was under federal mandate for over a decade to correct the leaking sanitary sewers which actually contaminate the Little Lehigh with feces during storms. The city didn't do anything, and now the Lehigh County Authority has inherited that mandate. Those who complained that the Stormwater Fee was actually a backdoor tax increase were correct.
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