The civil engineers were tasked with managing and treating 1,000 cubic feet of stormwater runoff within a 1,200 square foot area, most of which is a parking surface....
Street trees are often overlooked when putting together a stormwater management program, but can be integral to achieving both stormwater quality and quantity management. The quicker you can establish a mature canopy, the sooner you can rely n these trees for urban watershed management. Some benefits of large trees for stormwater management:
- Interception – Studies have shown medium and broadleaf trees can intercept more than 30% of the rainfall over a 2 year period (Venkatraman and Ashwath, 2015)
- Evapotranspiration – Studies show a single mature oak tree can consume and transpire 40,000 gallons of stormwater a year
- Infiltration – in bioretention, trees can be integral in making certain those soils stay healthy and flowing. Tree roots create a network of micro- and macro-pores that enhance porosity and increase infiltration rates.
- Stormwater Quality – Mature trees have the ability to uptake many pollutants, such as nitrogen, phosphorous, heavy metals and even hydrocarbons from urban stormwater runoff.
Providing sustainable, long-lasting, healthy trees in urban setting are equally as challenging. Young street trees have a 35% to 40% mortality rate. For this, we look to CityGreen, the supplier of the StrataVault Structural Suspended Paving System to provide root protecting systems that leave soils uncompacted, and tree roots space to move. Filling these systems with bioretention soils and placing permeable pavers directly on top of the cells creates a stormwater management weapon for even the most complicated urban environments.
For optimal design performance and efficiency, click on one of the tree and water management product links in the right column that fits your project. No other company has a better combination of solutions for your Low Impact Development project.
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Why Choose Us?
Established in 2002, we provide our clients a proven, systematic approach and a reliable experienced team that can take all compliance logistical burdens off your shoulders. What could make your life simpler? One call. One point of contact. New project launches simplified. Compliance simplified. Compliance assured.
Other key reasons to choose us:
- We provide the most appropriate, cost-effective, and innovative solutions
- Our experience and expertise is the fundamental “product” our clients buy
- We focus on our customer’s success
- Our high degree of integrity
- Our ability to customize and problem solve
- All our field crew are OSHA 30
- We are agents of stormwater change
If achieving the highest level of compliance while reducing risk and lowering costs is important to you, then let’s work together. We provide full turnkey stormwater management consulting and solutions. All field crew are OSHA 30 certified.
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Stormwater: Why Care?
Stormwater management may seem like a relatively new industry, but it has actually been around since the Roman times. They knew, even back then, that managing stormwater runoff was a key issue to urban living. With poor stormwater management, both flooding and disease constantly wreaked havoc in ancient cities.
Not much has changed since then, except now, with more and more of the earth being covered over with cement and other impervious surfaces, the negative effects of poor stormwater management have increased exponentially. Our natural water supplies are at risk due to pollution and their lack of ability to recharge. The flowing of our waterways are at risk from erosion, sediment build up, and trash. And, our marine life is at risk, from all the chemicals finding their way into bodies of water.
Some may see stormwater management as just another unnecessary and unwanted cost to construction projects or property ownership and management. But, understanding the negative effects that poor or no stormwater management is causing should be a concern to us all. It affects where we live and play. It affects our marine-based food supply. It affects our dwindling water supply.
We care. It is why we do what we do.
While the rest of the country focused on treating one inch of rainfall, we were pushing the limits and learning how to manage the largest storms by using Low Impact Development (LID) / Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) solutions. We believed that if we could develop LID / GSI solutions in a place like Houston Texas, we could make them work anywhere.
Not only have we succeeded, but we have the the data, the case studies, and the experiences to prove it.
Since 2005, the team at Construction EcoServices and it’s partners around the country have dedicated their work to both the big discoveries and the small, that have drastically improved the performance and reliability of Low Impact Development. Collectively, they have been compiled here on this site, so that you may take advantage of the knowledge that has come from our success and failures.