Flooding in Arlington – Maybe we need more trees and less impervious surfaces

Suzanne Sundburg (June 1, 2018)
In my opinion, these images make a powerful statement about the critical need to preserve our remaining mature tree canopy and concurrently reduce impervious surfaces (currently at 42%). The loss of mature trees coinciding with increases in impervious cover are fueling increases in the volume and speed/force of stormwater runoff. You can see the black trash toter moving down the street from one image to the next.
 
Below are pictures clipped from a May 22, 2018, YouTube video of 18th Street North in Waverly Hills: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy1Qllb3-vM&feature=youtu.be. There is no money in this 10-year CIP to address this flooding. And although we have had a separate stormwater tax (1.3-cent per $100 of assessed value added on top of the real estate tax) since 2008, there continue to be severe problems that go unaddressed.
Flooding in Waverly Hills 18th Street

Flooding in Waverly Hills 18th Street

Trash bin floating down 18th Street Waverly Hills 5-22-18

Trash bin floating down 18th Street Waverly Hills 5-22-18

Flooding on 18th Street on May 22 2018

Flooding on 18th Street on May 22 2018