Thursday, September 19, 2013
NorCo Conservation Proposes 30% Hike For Soil Erosion Plans
The Dust Bowl
This problem was caused by our greed and bad government policy. But our willingness to adapt and admit we were wrong, along with some rare government ingenuity, prevented those dusters from getting worse and actually turned things around in some areas of the Great Plains. Conservation Districts were established by FDR so that farmers could band together and attack the dark storms with new types of grass, crop rotation and differing approaches to agriculture.
These days, conservation districts are scattered throughout the country. Northampton County started its own in '61, to promote conservation and prevent soil erosion.
So if you plan to build on anything more than an acre, and you plan to move soil around, you better have an Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control Plan, which will be reviewed.
Yesterday, District manager Bruce Pysher proposed increasing plan review fees by 30%, to bring them in line with other counties.
A one-acre residential lot will cost $200. But a commercial or industrial lot will cost you $1,200.
Pysher has also suggested an expedited review process for those in a hurry, as long as they're under 100 acres. That will cost three times the usual fee.
Pysher's proposals were unanimously recommended by Council's Finance committee yesterday, and will be voted on by the full Council tonight.
Blogger's Note: To those of you interested in leaning more about The Dust Bowl, I highly recommend The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan, a history that reads like a novel.