Tag: stormwater pollutants

Stormwater runoff is the nation’s number one source of water pollution. Stormwater runoff is water from rain or melting snow that “runs off” across the land instead of seeping into the ground.

Protecting Coastal Waters

Protecting Coastal Waters

San Diego, CA, is a city with scenic coastlines along the Pacific Ocean, a world-class zoo, a long association with the US Navy, a growing population and economy, and a lively tourism industry. Managing stormwater in this beautiful city involves dealing with a myriad of challenges.

A Five-Year Study of IDDE Data

A Five-Year Study of IDDE Data

Pierce County’s Surface Water Management (SWM) division is charged with maintaining both the natural surface water systems and the stormwater collection and conveyance infrastructure within its unincorporated 1,800-square-mile service area (population 380,000). These areas include an impressive variability in landscapes: from glacial streams of Mt. Rainier to fertile farmlands of

A Five-Year Study of IDDE Data

A Five-Year Study of IDDE Data

Pierce County’s Surface Water Management (SWM) division is charged with maintaining both the natural surface water systems and the stormwater collection and conveyance infrastructure within its unincorporated 1,800-square-mile service area (population 380,000). These areas include an impressive variability in landscapes: from glacial streams of Mt. Rainier to fertile farmlands of

Reader Profile: Martin Wanielista

Reader Profile: Martin Wanielista

Dr. Marty Wanielista, nicknamed “the grandfather of stormwater,” spends one hour a day “thinking about what we’ve done wrong, what we’ve done right, and writing these down as items for the future.” Passionate about green roofs, stormwater reuse, and pervious pavement, he has 50 years of stormwater research to his

Protecting Water Quality at a Scrap Metal Recycling Facility

Protecting Water Quality at a Scrap Metal Recycling Facility

For more than 70 years, family-owned and operated Davis Industries Inc. has been providing scrap metal recycling services for customers in northern Virginia and Maryland. The facility in Lorton, VA, recycles aluminum, mixed steel, brass, and copper from non-working appliances, junk automobiles, and other consumer and industrial sources. The Davis

Keeping Tabs on the H2O

Keeping Tabs on the H2O

Water monitoring has a wide variety of applications, from determining amounts of foreign matter in potable water supplies to diagnosing the long-term health of an ocean or a marsh. State and federal officials must be concerned about runoff, as governing bodies negotiate with private concerns to develop guidelines and regulations.

Project Profile: Treating Runoff, Teaching the Public

In Cambridge, MA, a 120-acre protected public reservation will soon have an unusual amenity alongside its “rails-to-trails” bikeway and pedestrian boardwalk: a constructed stormwater wetland and flood basin. Funded by the city of Cambridge and overseen by the Massachusetts Water Resource Association (MWRA), the new Cambridge Stormwater Wetland will limit

Dealing With Runoff

Dealing With Runoff

Alpharetta, GA, lies at the northern edge of the metropolitan Atlanta area and is the home to a beautiful environmental park known as Rock Mill Park. “It’s basically a BMP demonstration site,” says Michael Breedlove of Breedlove Land Planning Inc. in Conyers, GA. “We had the opportunity to work with

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