Remnants of Hurricane Zeta caused flooding in Culpeper areas proposed for industrial-scale solar raising environmental concerns.
Culpeper faces disastrous water run-off consequences that lead into the Rapidan River - Chesapeake Bay Watershed, which have not been addressed. Soil conditions and gravel roads in Culpeper result in frequent flooding from heavy rains and raise concerns over stormwater erosion and ground water contamination.
The below photos were taken on Thursday 29th October, 2020, after 4 inches of rain.
Solar projects should not be placed near wetlands, rivers, streams, tributaries to avoid immediate damage to water quality, and possible contamination-ecological disasters.
Uncontrolled runoff of water and topsoil is a well-documented byproduct of industrial-scale solar site development. This massive increase in watershed sedimentation impacts all downstream rivers and estuaries. Water contamination doesn’t stop with the end of construction. Removal of all trees and deep-rooted plants, along with inadequate stormwater controls lead to long-term runoff and water contamination issues. Local municipalities usually do not have adequate resources to monitor construction and stormwater violations and, even when properly monitored, site developers have no problem paying fines, and there is no effective check on environmental damage.