Del. Keith Hodges has a big idea to tackle Chesapeake Bay pollution, flooded ditches and Middle Peninsula economic development all in a single swing. “This could be a game changer,” he says, and he says it repeatedly. There are a lot of moving parts to the plan. So many that the legislative package he started with on stormwater issues this year was largely rolled into a single bill creating a study group on the proposals. But the idea in a nutshell is simple enough: Have private groups impound runoff from state roads and pay for it by selling credits to businesses that don’t want the cost of dealing with their own runoff.
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