Stormwater Management Blog

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.

 

The TAPE Process: Assessing Emerging Technologies in Stormwater

Filterra Bioretention Diagram, Contech Engineered Solutions

The Technology Assessment Protocol – Ecology (TAPE) Program is the Washington State Department of Ecology’s process for evaluating and approving emerging stormwater treatment Stormwater Control Measures (SCMs). New stormwater treatment SCMs that are not in the current Stormwater Manual or have not been approved by TAPE must first be approved by Ecology's TAPE Program, an effective way to keep up with emerging technologies.

Rural Regulation: Non-MS4 Stormwater Management

Rural stormwater management plans are growing in popularity. The proper development and maintenance of BMPs is important even in areas away from intense development, as runoff can still negatively affect water quality and surrounding environments. There are physical and regulatory differences to managing stormwater in rural vs. urban areas, and knowing how localities can use their ordinances to mandate runoff requirements outside of MS4s can help ensure your business stays compliant.

Anatomy of a Storm Drain

Familiarization with properly functioning drainage systems is key to being able to recognize when storm drain infrastructure is failing. Understanding the consequences of clogs and other maintenance problems is the first step in resolving them. Knowing the Anatomy of a Storm Drain, and the support available from R+R, can help keep your customers from stepping out of the car and into a pool of standing water.