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A cure for stormwater pollution: Porous asphalt

The answer to the new stormwater fees and requirements is porous asphalt ("Churches seek break on city stormwater fee," June 12).

When such asphalt is used, rainwater drains through the top layer and eventually runs back into the soil underneath the asphalt. This eliminates the need for drainage structures and drainage areas and stops runoff into ecologically sensitive or protected waterways.

Moreover, it costs less overall than traditional paving options, is better for the environment and should be exempt from the high fees imposed by local governments.

Steve Hollenbeck

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