While it is difficult for a local jurisdiction to directly counter climate change, the other key factor could more readily be addressed. Arlington continues to reduce its mature tree canopy and increase the extent of impervious surfaces — pavement, rooftops and other infrastructure. Without trees to intercept torrential rainfall, and with ever-shrinking green areas to soak up water, little wonder we are seeing terrible floods. And it will get worse. Everyone who removes trees and adds more hard surface is contributing to the problem.
Steve Young, Arlington