Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Runoff Protection

PostedJuly 7, 2013

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Anchor Lead: Heavy rains, like we’ve had recently, run off hard surfaces in urban areas causing erosion and pollution in nearby streams that ultimately connect with the Chesapeake Bay.

Randy Atkins: In areas planning major re-development, like Tysons Corner, Ted Scott of Stormwater Maintenance and Consulting, thinks there’s a “golden opportunity.”

Ted Scott: It’s possible to have the project enhance water quality as compared to what’s been there for years.

Randy Atkins: Scott says planting vegetation on specially engineered soil between urban and natural areas can allow water to seep underground and remove pollutants.

Ted Scott: Little things like this have a significant impact as long as a lot of them happen.

Randy Atkins: Scott adds such planning must be made early because it involves…

Ted Scott: …not only different ways of designing storm water practices, but how the land is actually planned, how the sites are laid out.

Randy Atkins: Scott says that includes keeping water-repellent surfaces away from natural watersheds as much as possible. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.