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Some Richland Residents Concerns over Possible Infiltration Facility in their Neighborhood

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A Richland neighborhood is upset over a proposal by the city to create a storm drain water pond in their own backyards. A Richland neighborhood is upset over a proposal by the city to create a storm drain water pond in their own backyards.

RICHLAND, WA - A Richland neighborhood is upset over a proposal by the city to create a storm drain water pond in their own backyards.

Residents along Saint Ct. off of Saint St. in Richland said they do not want to lose access to a piece of land in their neighborhood.

Residents got a letter a couple of weeks ago letting them know of the project and the neighbors say they are not happy about it.

"Not in my back yard," explained Hans Meyer, who lives on Saint Court, and he is not the only one saying that.

After the City of Richland sent a notice informing residents about the possibility of a grassy area being converted into a storm drain water infiltration facility, Meyer got concerned.

"My kids love to come out in the winter time and slide down the hill and this is just going to create a huge hazard for my kids to use this piece of land," he explained. 

Meyer bought his house seven years ago, one of the reasons he liked the house so much was its view that it had extra space for his kids to play, now he is afraid he might be losing it. 

"It makes me kind of upset and angry now, why did we move here in the first place?" 

The infiltration system is meant to drain storm water into the soil as an alternative to dumping it into the river.
   
But after Meyer saw a similar project over by Wal Mart on Duportail, he is specially not liking the idea.

"It's a greasy, grimy, sticky, gooey mess out there," he continued. 

Neighbors said they would be losing a special piece of land, a place where kids play and people walk their dogs. They are also concerned with wildlife and possible health hazards if geese or ducks enter the area.
     
Meyer explained he is also scared his property value will drop if this project moves forward.

"You invest in this home and now all of the sudden your investment is going to go away," Meyer said. 

People are invited to voice their opinion on the project Tuesday at the Richland Community Center at 5:30 p.m.
     
Some neighbors in the community are hoping to get some their big question answered. 
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