UM Students Build Natural System to Reduce Anacostia Pollution and Flooding
Bio-Retention Facility is Result of University-Community Partnership
Recently, 24 students from the
A bioretention system treats stormwater runoff by collecting it in shallow depressions and filtering it through plants and soil before it ultimately reaches a larger body of water. This particular system was designed to naturally filter and treat runoff water from the park’s community center, parking lot and surrounding roadways.
Almost 100 feet of pipe connects the bioretention site to a nearby stream that feeds the Anacostia — providing a drainage system for the large amount of water collected from the nearby hard surfaces, helping to alleviate the flooding issue.
“For us, the significance of the student’s project is that it models environmental responsibility for other areas,” said Edmonston Mayor
The students are with the UM A. James Clark School of Engineering’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), an organization that usually sends engineering students abroad to design and build infrastructure projects in developing countries (over the past five years the Clark Schools’ EWB chapter has sent students to construct simple infrastructure projects in
Because the project is within the borders of
“This is a service project in which UM students have used classroom knowledge to be good citizens in their own backyard,” said
The students worked closely with local residents and Edmonston officials, UM’s Facilities Management, the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership, the Anacostia Watershed Society, the Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources, and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to design and complete the project.
“By doing the project within
The project, which was identified by environmental planner,
“This project was another manifestation of the linkage Clark School students see between engineering and social commitment. And they are willing to demonstrate that by applying not only their engineering education, but also their own sweat to improve a community’s wellbeing and the environment,” said
NOTE TO EDITORS: high-res images are available with the online version of this release: http://www.eng.umd.edu/media/pressreleases/pr061609_anacostia.html
“Managing Anacostia River Storm Water” http://www.eng.umd.edu/media/pressreleases/images/AnacostiaProject.pdf
“The Anacostia Project: Partnering to Protect the Chesapeake Bay”
“Students Lend Support for Regional Water Quality Improvement”
“Partners in Protecting the Chesapeake Bay” (poster)
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