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  1. “We can continue to discuss the relative concentration of each pollutant,” he added, “but the real issue is not to study this endlessly. The real concern is that we are not doing enough to solve the stormwater problem.” Uh, duh–how do you “solve” the problem without knowing what it is? I realize that PSP likes to cite big scary numbers and throw hundreds of millions of dollars at “problems,” but the money really isn’t there any more, is it?

  2. I’m very glad to hear that some of the rhetoric is being replaced by numbers. I’ve been complaining for years about the Partnership lumping all pollutants together and tossing around numbers that are not very meaningful. I especially liked seeing that the toxicity and concentrations of the pollutants are being discussed/measured. The “average” concentration of something in Puget Sound is not very useful. Even the concentration of salt varies significantly in time and space, and understanding that variability is important.

    An example of a similar problem that affects me personally is that the “average” air quality in Kitsap County is probably reasonably good most of the time. But the air quality in specific places, e.g. right behind some cars and trucks where I’m on my bicycle is dramatically different from the average. Add to that the fact that I’m breathing hard from the exercise when I’m in that max-pollution zone, and it is unfortunately a significant deterrent to bicycle riding for me.

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