Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Need for Effective Stormwater Management BMP in Residential Areas

According to a study by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), the Midwest and Great Lakes region has seen a 31 percent increase in heavy rainfall and snow events over the last 50 years. In Ohio, when these events occur, floodwater and stormwater runoff typically flow over urban grounds. This can overwhelm an area’s sewer infrastructure and pour into local waterways, thereby seriously disturbing local ecosystems and water quality. One Akron, Ohio resident in particular saw Yellow Creek waters tear through her backyard and take half of her home in a recent flood. The resident, Brenda McShaffery, attests to what the NOAA scientists are alluding to: it’s raining more often in Ohio. This should compel residents to consider implementing effective solutions, one of which is subsurface drainage.

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