Northampton Press

Friday, September 20, 2019

Letter to the editor

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by The Press in Opinion

Retention ponds may cause problems

To the Editor:

Well, it seems our little country townships have become a magnet for warehouses. Everybody and their brother are looking to build along our two-lane major highways and our cow paths with absolutely no regard to the residents who live here. So now, we are looking at major traffic problems, noise (beep-beep-beep), bright lights, maintenance of our roads and bridges ($$), only to name a few.

But did anyone think about the problems we will incur with the many retention ponds popping up all over? Also, how many retention ponds can be put in a 10-mile radius? And then, who becomes responsible for maintaining these eyesores with their green slime and long weeds?

I just read an article that a mosquito in Allentown tested positive for West Nile virus. Are these retention ponds going to be a breeding ground for mosquitoes?

I also question whether it is safe to put a retention pond next to a park (Allen Township) or next to residential homes — with the green slime, long weeds, critters, disease from insects, especially mosquitoes (which are carriers of multiple diseases, not only West Nile) and then also no fences.

Maggie Kemp

East Allen Township