In addition to the impact of global warming on the intensity of storms such as Harvey, which was mentioned in recent letters to the editor, an additional dimension of human impact should worry all Wisconsinites.
Because Houston has no zoning regulations, chemical plants can exist in residential areas and without even identifying their chemicals. With no building codes, land once identified for an additional water reservoir was turned into residential areas with shopping malls.
Wetlands have been eliminated. Most of the natural environment is now paved. And no provision was made for water runoff or green space where water could seep into the ground. These factors contributed greatly to the widespread and potentially toxic impact of Harvey.
In the Walker administration’s rush to weaken environmental regulations and protections for wetlands and water purity to please Foxconn as well as factory farm and mining interests, the administration should study and take seriously the impact on Houston of lax building codes and weak environmental regulations.
J. Denny Weaver, Madison