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Stormwater rules spark controversy

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-  Stormwater permits in the Tri-Cities will be more strictly enforced this year.  

The new regulations mean contractors need to reduce the amount of dirty water that runs off construction sites.

The Tri-Cities homebuilder's association held a free workshop in Kennewick Tuesday to go over the new ordinances.

Some people say the new standards are unnecessary and costly.

"It literally looks like water that you can drink. It's a bit excessive and all those measures that go into creating that just drives up the cost of construction," says Tri-Cities HBA Executive Director Jeff Losey.

Losey says the workshop was meant to educate homebuilders so they can avoid hefty fines.