Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Effective Stormwater Solutions: What Planners Need to Watch Out For

Now that SB 985 has been passed into law, California can expect to see a number of stormwater management projects taking place in the near future. The Natural Resources Defense Council has named the South Coast and the Bay Area as the best places to establish such projects, at present. Though, once additional research has been carried out, other regions could prove to be just as promising. Fortunately for developers and government officials, there’s no shortage of commercial stormwater systems that can meet (or even exceed) their expectations, like StormChamber® and SedimenTrap™.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lack of Efficient Stormwater Systems Can Lead to Serious Consequences

The penalties may sound a bit stiff but the water board is only carrying out its duties, as mandated by the federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act). This legislation is quite strict, stating that stormwater systems in every state should be designed to minimize erosion and sediment discharge, along with other criteria needing to be met for the public’s safety. Scientifically developed systems like StormChamber’s SedimenTrap™ can help meet such strict criteria with better efficiency. This kind of system catches sediment, pollutants, and particulates from storm runoff, making the water easier to sanitize and recycle for domestic uses. One thing that makes SedimenTrap™ unique is that it filters stormwater twice; as it enters and as it leaves the system.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Storm Water Management Practices: Pointers for Effective Home Systems

Installing permeable surfaces such as paving stones or bricks for patios and driveways would let the water seep into the ground. Planting trees and grass, as well as creating a rain garden in one’s backyard can also help in containing storm water. Choosing native plants for the lawn or garden is also a sound decision, as their roots are more suited for water retention. Other technology-enhanced systems can also help. For example; installing downspouts that funnel rainwater from the roof to specialized water containers, such as a StormChamber system, is an excellent option. Such state-of-the-art storm water management BMP is easy to use, cost-efficient, and can also help in mitigating one’s contribution to water runoff within the neighborhood.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Storm Water BMP: How Detention and Retention Ponds Benefit Communities

Communities that are located in areas where frequent rains occur may experience issues with the management of storm water runoff and flooding. To address this, man made ponds are built to help in collecting rainwater through connections to the community’s drainage system. These ponds are termed either detention ponds or retention ponds. Either one provides communities with storage space to trap rainwater and gradually release it to the environment. Usually, these ponds are surrounded by local vegetation that act as natural flood buffers. Apart from containing storm water, these ponds also serve as holding areas for various sediments that might eventually contaminate community water supplies and water systems.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Reducing Runoff: Stormwater Solutions Must Begin at Your Own Property

Much of the rainwater that goes into a community drainage system is conveyed from roofs by roof gutters. These gutters have downspouts that deliver the rainwater to the community sewer system. Disconnecting your downspout will direct the rainwater from your roof to your yard. If you’re worried that all the water would flood your property, consider adopting storm water solutions, such as a storm chamber. A storm chamber will act as storage for rainwater that goes into your property. Some chambers are big enough to clear your lot of all runoff as soon as the rain stops. Additionally, you may want to use pervious materials as pavement in your yard. This will direct the water these materials will absorb to the chamber.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Install Stormwater Systems to Reduce Pollution Caused by Flooding

A residential stormwater system, installed with the help of companies like Storm Chamber, can catch stormwater that flows through your roof gutters, and direct it through a system of ducts and pipes into a water chamber. These chambers come with a filtration system that separates the pollutants. Thus, you end up with clean water that you can use for such purposes as sprinkling the lawn or cleaning your car. Effective stormwater systems have been successful in minimizing community flooding which prevents pollutants from entering our water systems. Applied in smaller scales, homeowners like you can contribute to the preservation of the environment as well as the conservation of precious water resources.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Storm Water Management Practices May Help Save California from Drought

Among the proposed projects in the BDCP is stormwater capture, which is considered to be among the most effective stormwater best management practices. Providers like StormChambers can give residents in the Delta a hand by providing reliable storm water capturing and recycling solutions designed for both residential and commercial properties. Reusing runoffs for irrigation and landscape maintenance is an excellent storm water management practice. Against agricultural and urban water conservation efforts, the NDRC estimates that storm water capturing strategies can help provide California with 10.8 million to 13.7 million acre-feet of usable water per year.