Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Stratford Hills Doing Its Part

This may look like a beautiful pond in the country, but it's actually a stormwater retention basin right in the middle of a busy shopping center at the Shoppes at Stratford Hills at the intersection of Forest Hill Avenue and Chippenham Parkway. The basin not only collects stormwater runoff from the surrounding parking lots, but treats and stores it, as well. The basin works by containing the water in the basin, and not allowing it to run into nearby streams, creeks, and other tributaries. Sediment in the water settles to the bottom and the clear water goes to the top.

Retention basins are among the most common stormwater treatment methods used today and are designed to blend into neighborhoods and commercial areas. Photo: DPU Communications

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