Measure the Effect

I was reading a letter to the editor in a South American publication which was calling for measurement of the effect buildings were having on erosion and run-off. It got me thinking that something like a measurement system in the U.S. would be really helpful in, not only finding ways to prevent run-off, but also in creating sustainable land long after the business is gone.

If the government department in charge of codes and overseeing land use were to add on additional regulations such as run-off measurement or area erosion when businesses looked to build on a land, if the run-off or erosion overly exceeds that amount which may be set by the government department, then taxes or additional penalties would be assesed to the business in order to repair damage done to the land by their building.

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