The risk inherent in clearing so much land is that a big rain will come along and wash exposed soil into the stormwater drains. That silt-laden runoff then turns the local creek brown and affects the well-being of aquatic life. Standard for this sort of construction site is silt fencing, which is designed to catch the silt before it leaves the site.
Walking by the site a week ago with my raison de marcher--a cairn terrier poodle mix named Leo--I noticed the denuded site was distinctly unswathed, and later emailed the borough engineer, Jack West, who then emailed the county.
In addition to being a fine place for kids to run while their older siblings are taking music lessons,
post from August, 2011).