Should I Start Building an Ark?

There was a perpetual squabble going on about how much rain water the retention pond could take before the sewers started backing up.  A meeting was held at the clubhouse, but nothing was resolved.  The head of the homeowners association said, “As communities grow, the need for diverting water increases.  Storm water runoff overwhelms city sewers and can damage nearby streams and rivers through erosion.  Handling the storm water near its source can save millions in costly repairs that would otherwise be directed at correcting erosion or controlling flooding.  A common method for managing storm water is to build a basin.  Basins are meant to collect the water, and release it at a rate the prevents flooding or erosion.”

He must have thought that we were all idiots as none of that information was helpful and we all knew that a retention pond is a catch-all term for a catch-all pond.  Retention ponds are basins that catch runoff from higher elevation areas.  They are often created near development areas and have been gaining in popularity to the point they are required in many instances with new development of buildings, parking lots, roads, etc.  In older neighborhoods without ponds, runoff laced with lawn chemicals, grass clippings, sand and trash goes straight into storm sewers, then into lakes and streams.  The ponds are not meant to look pretty or to be clean and pristine, as they are built to comply with federal law.  Since 1994, the U.S. Clean Water Act has required new developments to trap pollutants, but as the ponds age and require dredging, city officials are spending more money to maintain them and to educate residents about their purpose.

When my grandfather bought his home in this gated community development, the pond at the foot of his sloping back yard was a selling point which his realtor referred to as being waterfront property.  The last storm brought record rains which turned the man-made pond into a costly problem, as all of that rain and runoff filled it to the brim and caused erosion, leaving dozens of homeowners yards backed up with water.  Only the County Commissioner has the authority to fix this problem and his solution requires an increase in taxes.  He proposed a five cent increase tax on every gallon of gasoline till enough revenue is collected.  Protestors of this increased gas tax surrounded his office yesterday and all he did was hide under his desk practicing his cerebral meditation chanting, so this will not be fixed in the near future.

The extreme summer weather this year has somewhat dampened the hopes of the pumpkin growers in this area, as pumpkins love sunshine.  The pumpkins do like rain, but rain always brings clouds which deprives them from getting sunshine.  All of the pumpkin growers are all hoping that the rains will taper off soon.  It seems that many people with nut allergies wonder if they can enjoy the poppy seed, pumpkin seed, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds.  The simple answer is that you may be able to eat these seeds because none of them come from tree nuts.  Each comes from plant families that are not closely related to nut-producing trees.  I love decorating pumpkins and last year I spruced up a pumpkin with an old white sock and it looked really cool.

Written for thehouseofbailey Destination Dreams Scotts Daily Prompt Hide, for Rachel Poli I Read I Write I Create – Time To Write: Rain, for Daily Addictions by rogershipp prompt Authority, for Sheryl’s A New Daily Post Word Prompt: Perpetual, for FOWC with Fandango – Cerebral, for Ragtag Community Pond, for Teresa’s Haunted Wordsmith Three Things Challenge, where the three prompt words are “grandfather, pumpkin seed and white sock” and for Word of the Day Challenge Alternative haven for the Daily Post’s mourners! Prompt Squabble.

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