State says Lowell Wind site held up well during rains
He is concerned that the storm water controls are insufficient and poorly designed for the area due to its steep slopes and for other reasons. He, like others, questions whether or not the site impacted nearby water quality near and if the storm caused a larger volume of water at the base of the mountain due to the run-off.
June 20, 2012
by Laura Carpenter
in Newport Daily Express
LOWELL - The strong storms that tore through the area May 29 caused problems at the Lowell wind site. Repair work began as soon as the rain stopped.
Several silt fences, ditches, and culverts were in need and a plugged culvert caused several problems and overwhelmed other systems. Some significant erosion occurred in some areas that needed restoring. Sediment was found in streams and wetlands.
Some discharge is allowed by the permit.
Kevin Burke, with the Department of Environmental Conservation's storm water program, completed a report after inspecting the area. He said Wednesday that the system held up fairly well considering... [continue via Web link]