Runoff raises concern

DALTON, Ga. -- Officials are working to mitigate flooding and pollution caused by stormwater runoff and to develop a system to pay for stormwater projects.

"The more roofs, roads and parking lots you get, the more flooding you get and the more pollution you get discharged directly into the (water)," said Charlie Bethel, former Dalton city councilman and a member of the North Georgia Regional Water Council.

Federal law requires that the city have a stormwater management program because of its size and density, but Mr. Bethel said now is the time for Dalton to be even more aggressive on stormwater problems.

"Either we can be involved in designing and developing solutions that work for us, or the state and federal governments are going to impose them in the future," he said.