Storm Water Management

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Storm water management is a critical part of any major project. Each municipality in Pennsylvania is different, but you typically begin to fall into storm water controls when you disturb 1,000 to 2,000 square feet. Typically a municipality will have a preferred storm water management plan. CKC Landscaping can help you understand what that plan is and build it for you. Most storm water plans revolve around capturing runoff and re-charging it back into the groundwater supply. Whether your interest range from installing the bare minimum to satisfy your township, or you want to protect your environment CKC Landscaping can design and install the storm water management feature you need. Call us for a free estimate 610-436-1810

 

rain garden 1   rain garden 2   rain garden 3 A rain garden is a planted depression or a hole that allows rainwater runoff from impervious areas, like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas, the opportunity to be absorbed. This reduces rain runoff by allowing stormwater to soak into the ground (as opposed to flowing into storm drains and surface waters which causes erosion, water pollution, flooding, and diminished groundwater).The purpose of a rain garden is to improve water quality in nearby bodies of water. Rain gardens can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30%. The plants — a selection of wetland edge vegetation, such as wildflowers, sedges, rushes, ferns, shrubs and small trees — take up excess water flowing into the rain garden. Water filters through soil layers before entering the groundwater system. Root systems enhance infiltration, maintain or even augment soil permeability, provide moisture redistribution, and sustain diverse microbial populations involved in biofiltration.

basin 1   basin 2   basin 3 A retention basin is used to manage stormwater runoff to prevent flooding and downstream erosion, and improve water quality in an adjacent river, stream, or lake. Sometimes called a wet pond or wet detention basin, it is an artificial lake with vegetation around the perimeter, and sometimes includes a permanent pool of water in its design. Typically a basin is used to manage storm water in large area’s, perhaps several acres.

soakaway pit 1   soakaway pit 2   soakaway pit 3 A lot of municipalities are moving towards underground recharge systems. These systems are typically closed, and ussually feature direct intake of your homes downspouts in to the drain area. These systems are commonly referred to soakaway pits, underground basins, or infiltration trenches. They all are based on the simple principle to capture stormwater and recharge it back into the ground water supply.

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