Category Archives: SWM Maintenance

Stuff about maintaining SWM Facilities

What’s the Problem with Groundhogs in Stormwater Facilities?

The purpose of stormwater ponds is to collect polluted stormwater that would otherwise flow into a natural body of water during an event of precipitation.  In order to do this correctly, there needs to be a stable embankment, or dam, … Continue reading

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One of those job hazards …

Typically, we open up all manholes and inlets during site inspections, but once in a while it seems like a better idea to just leave them alone.  The license plate on the vehicle next to the manhole pretty much sums … Continue reading

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Stormwater Emergency Response Series Part 1 – Dumpster Cleanups

One part of stormwater maintenance that tends to go un-noticed is emergency responses.  This is definitely some of the more glamorous work that we do, especially in the summer time!   To bring this usually unknown service into the spotlight, we … Continue reading

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Low Flow Elmo … Too Hot for Sesame Street

We see a lot of strange things stuck in pipes and occasionally come across animals inside of structures during maintenance and inspection visits.  As you would imagine, it’s always a little un-nerving looking into a structure and seeing a set … Continue reading

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Maintaining Stormwater Facilities A Good Idea Whose Time Has Come

We just happened upon this most excellent page at Chester County, PA’s website discussing maintenance of stormwater facilities.  A good reference. As winter has set in hard in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, thought we would throw in a photo of … Continue reading

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Buildipedia Article

Just had an article on Inspection of stormwater management infrastructure published on http://www.Buildipedia.com Check it: http://www.buildipedia.com/channels/operations/item/1201-reduce-costs-with-annual-stormwater-inspections

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Stormwater Housekeeping – Pollution Prevention Fail

A recent routine stormwater inspection on a shopping center site in Northern Virginia revealed how NOT to store de-icing materials.  Spotting housekeeping issues like this should be part of a comprehensive stormwater inspection. Catch the pollutants before they get into … Continue reading

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Cool Pond Remediation with a Waterfall Outfall

Construction of one of our designs has recently been completed.  This was the remediation of a farm pond to meet current dam safety regulations.  In lieu of a typical riser/barrel outfall, we chose to convey flows through a concrete weir … Continue reading

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Washington DC Vac Photo

Our vac crew got a little artsy in DC yesterday…

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Maintenance Obligations

Many owners or property managers wonder what their maintenance responsibilities are and how they can be enforced by the regulatory authorities.  We happened upon this maintenance agreement on EPA’s website that is a “typical” maintenance agreement.  These agreements usually run … Continue reading

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