Stormwater Management Blog

EPA Stormwater Management: Understanding Stormwater Inspection and Reporting Standards and Requirements

Did you know that for your business to be compliant with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stormwater management guidelines, it must follow a standard set of laws and regulations outlined in the Clean Water Act (CWA)? The CWA is responsible for managing discharge of pollutants that may end up in the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), as well as regulating quality standards for surface water [1].

R+R Celebrates National Pollinator Week

 

Restoration + Recovery celebrated National Pollinator Week in a big way this year. In an effort to combat the recent decline of pollinators, such as bees, monarch butterflies, birds and bats, R+R launched its Root For Nature campaign by working with clients throughout the United States and Puerto Rico to create pollinator gardens in stormwater basins.

Preparing for BMP Inspection in the Southeast: How to be Raintime-Ready

The Southeast US is going through a major growth spurt, and the growing pains the area is going through are exacerbated by the drastic increase in intense seasonal storms. This is creating major stormwater runoff and infiltration challenges as cities create impermeable surfaces and as six of the ten largest states in terms of prevalence of urban sprawl come from this region.1 Here in Durham, NC, the summers are humid and wet, and the winters are, well, also wet.

Anatomy of a Filterra

 

Knowledge of how Stormwater SCMs work is crucial to have to recognize when one of your structures may be failing. Two very important disciplines within stormwater management are drainage and filtration. Filterra units combine drainage and filtration into a single aesthetically pleasing structure.

Iron Butterflies: Heavy Metals Runoff is Putting Businesses and Ecosystems at Risk

One of life’s best little pleasures is the soft melody of rain falling on a tin roof. Backdropped by a blue grey sky, the drops steadily pitter and patter on the roof’s surface, cascading down to splash on the ground. The droplets may then join together and trickle across an impermeable surface, be it a driveway, parking lot, or loading dock. Just as erosion eats away at hillsides by carrying particles of dirt, this water will pick up the remnants of normal wear of pavement and vehicles.

For Greenness’ Sake: Meeting Consumer Demand for Corporate Environmental Stewardship

In our modern day and age, the product quality and availability of a business isn’t all that’s going to cut it for consumers. The digital age has developed the consumer-business relationship into more than a faceless stream of products and services; consumers are consistently caring more and paying attention to the practices of the business they spend their money with. Ethical problems related to the consumer’s perceived environmental responsibility have become a hallmark marketing edge for companies that are thriving in a connected world.

Common Stormwater Violations and their Consequences

Getting a notice of violation (NOV) is never a fun experience. Having a violation found during a stormwater inspection means having to shift your focus from your business and spend time, energy, and money on becoming compliant with the relevant stormwater ordinance. You’ll also likely be hit with a hefty fine for being found non-compliant. Having the necessary understanding of your stormwater control measures (SCM's) and the common violations that can happen with them is important for you to be able to resolve a situation before it becomes a headache.

Extreme Rain Events: Lessons on Hurricane Runoff Learned from Florence

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the Restoration + Recovery office. Hurricane Florence brought on high wind speeds, torrential rainfall, and hurricane runoff that caused flooding in many parts of the Carolinas. This environmental disaster has left much of the coastline still reeling, with citizens displaced and their properties’ fate still up in the air. Although it is important to respond to the needs of those still displaced, it's also important to think about how effective the stormwater facilities we have in place to minimize damage even during extreme rain events were.

Functionally Equivalent Stormwater Technologies: An Eye on the Future

How far back into history does the first stormwater management system go? Our civilization has been implementing systems using low-impact development principles for hundreds of years. With some of these original techniques still in use today,1 one can wonder how there’s any room for new technologies in the industry.