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™.
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.
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.
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.
Under different circumstances, dumping storm water runoff into the ocean isn’t a wise move because this can promote the growth of bacteria in the water system. A better solution would be enacting a stormwater BMP (best management practice) that not only reduces the risk of flooding, but protects the environment as well. Solutions from stormwater BMP experts like those at StormChambers are designed to be as eco-friendly as possible, while keeping the best interests of people in mind.
One such solution utilizes underground ‘detention’ systems that store large volumes of storm water runoff for a period of time. If used in conjunction with a sediment removal system, these detention systems serve to remove harmful organisms and elements from stormwater runoffs before they are pumped to nearby streams and lakes.