continued Buildings older than 30 years will also be examined. They are often prime locations for development.
Perhaps one of the biggest issues to be addressed in the study is storm water. An increase in hardscape, or impervious cover types (areas like parking lots covered in asphalt and sidewalks made of concrete) has resulted in an increase in storm water runoff for the area. To this end, careful attention has been given to storm water management in an effort to divert water to retention and detention areas.
“If you have an area that was built 30 years ago, the standards today are more strict and stringent than what was required back then and now the town is required for overseeing it. We have a vested interest in water quality in our watershed versus when the state would have issued the approvals,” said Scovo.
The Clifton Park Center Mall construction and redevelopment of the cinema has allowed for the installation of a system that stores, treats and cools storm water before it is released into streams, for example. This is especially important because naturally spawning brook trout that can’t tolerate poor water quality are present in the Dwaaskill and Bear Brook streams.