Asheville cites Harris Teeter, Trader Joe developers for stormwater runoff problems

From the Asheville Citizen-Times


The city this week sent notices of erosion control violations to the developers of the Harris Teeter and Trader Joe’s construction sites on Merrimon Avenue.

City employees visited the site Wednesday to monitor the erosion control measures, determine if the sites were in compliance with the law and whether further action was necessary.

The city sent notices of violation to both sites on Tuesday for failure to maintain erosion control measures. It was the first notice sent to the Trader Joe’s developer and the third to Harris Teeter’s, which was also fined $578 for off-site sedimentation. The city also sent Harris Teeter a notice of violation for failure to maintain erosion control measures on July 9 and in July 2012; last year’s notice was also accompanied by a fine of $518 for off-site sedimentation.

Abnormally high amounts of rain have overwhelmed the storm runoff measures, said Shannon Tuch, the city’s director of development services. …


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