This morning it was raining, and on an impulse I drove down to the fairgrounds. It has been wet lately and ponds dot the roads down there, and there was a substantial flow of stormwater crossing the old Ferry Road below Sheldon Field, and a pond in the underpass leading to the airport. Beyond the bottom of the hill, you are beyond the reach of Northampton’s storm sewer system. The combined extra storm water flows when you expand our storm sewer system to cover the Three County area, add an extra lane to roads that will funnel traffic in and out of the planned 80,000 square foot exhibition center, and add flows from the roofs and parking lots in the current design, and then direct all this untreated storm water into a pipe in the riverbank near the airport, you have a plan that stands a good chance of running afoul of the State’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). To read this article, click here.