Frederick County Public Schools has had to close schools twice already this year due to heavy rains. What do we now call these days? Climate Crises days?

Beyond the personal life choices we all must make to lessen the impact of global warming, farmers and county planners are on the front lines of the problem, and Frederick County can be a model for our nation.

Fields with streams that run through them should all have at least two lines of trees on either side. If you have farmland that had a muddy river running through it last Thursday morning, call the county — they will plant trees for you for free.

That top-soil run-off is contributing to the biggest die-off of grasses in the Chesapeake. These grasses, like forests, put the brakes on climate change. When they die, the change only accelerates and crabs and oysters and wildlife all disappears.

Also, all new construction should be done with the impacts of water run-off in mind with houses that are energy efficient. The county has a duty to stop allowing cheap construction and communities planned using a 20th century mindset when every step we make in the wrong direction puts us closer to falling off of the climate cliff.

Johnny Carrera


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Yah, the more concrete, the less the ground can absorb. It is no longer just a time in the future that there will be more extreme weather. It is here now, and it will get worse.


The LTE writer's logic is convoluted here. Yes, a riparian buffer will reduce the amount of sediment going into a waterway. However, the volume of water entering a tributary will not be reduced. Water will always flow downhill. Schools were cancelled due to flooding, not sediment.

MD1756 provides some excellent ideas. With new greenfield construction, there is no excuse for not establishing geothermal heating/cooling, nor solar panels on the roof as the main systems, with a gas-generator system as backup. These are extremely low maintenance, and require no fuel to operate. the GT pumps may be operated from the solar panels.


All new construction does have stormwater requirements that must be followed. What new construction really needs is a mandate for geothermal and solar to reduce their carbon footprint to near zero or even a negative carbon footprint (a carbon sink). It is easier, cheaper and more effective when planned as part of the construction. Roof pitches and facing could be designed for maximum solar production. Digging wells for geothermal is a lot easier when the buildings haven't been built. Between solar and geothermal, the typical residential energy needs can be reduced to near zero. Additionally, rapid charging stations can be part of the building's original electrical system rather than a retrofit.

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