DDOE Letter on Evaluation of Permeable Pavement Systems

Dear Mr. Bishop,

The District Department of Environment (DDOE) appreciates your interest in assisting us with meeting our water quality commitments under the District’s new Municipal Seperate Storm Sewage System (MS4) Permit. Permeable pavement systems are an important technology that the District is evaluating for greater use due to its ability to reduce stormwater pollution from entering our rivers and streams.

While DDOE can’t officially endorse a proprietary product, PaveDrain™ does appear to be a very promising solutions for the District. Particularly, the product’s apparent ease of installation that does not require certification for contractors and can be installed during any temperature, and the fact that PaveDrain™ can easily be removed and replaced for underground maintenance activities are especially appealing. These attributes would overcome problems that have been encountered by other permeable pavement solutions.

To meet the District’s water quality objectives, numerous technologies and design solutions will be required. I look forward to seeing PaveDrain™ and similar products installed and evaluated in the District to determine the best solutions to protect our waterways.

Jeffrey Seltzer, P.E.
Associate Director
Stormwater Management Division
District Department of Environment

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Letter from the City of Mount Rainier

Dear Brendan,

We wanted to tell you that the City of Mount Rainier is delighted with the PaveDrain system that you installed at our new municipal lot and an alley adjacent to the lot. We had issues with “stormwater runoff” and the Pavedrain has done a tremendous job of reducing runoff. Although it has only been in place for two months, it has retained all of the rainfall on it and also retains the runoff from adjoining properties.

We like the system so much that we just completed a grant application to have an additional 50,000 square feet of intersections and alleys done in Pavedrain. We look forward to doing more business with your company and its products in the near future.

Mike Jackson, Assistant City Manager

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Harford County Maryland Board of Estimates Approves PaveDrain

Source: http://www.baltimoresun.com
Post Moores Mill Road improvements approved by Board of Estimates
February 23, 2012 by MARISSA GALLO, mgallo@theaegis.com

The Harford County Maryland Board of Estimates approves a change order for an additional $49,746 for the construction and installation of a pervious pavement drain block (PaveDrain) on the Cedarday Drive extension in Abington.

About 300 feet of a new pavement product will be used in place of porous bituminous concrete, or asphalt.

In a memo, Public Works Deputy Director Hudson Myers wrote, “Our research leads me to believe that this could be advantageous on future products and I would like to see how it performs on this project.” The blocks have been successfully used in parking lots and alley ways throughout Maryland to include installations in Mt Rainier and Bladensburg.

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Paving the Way in American Manufacturing

SOURCE: http://blog.epa.gov

By Nancy Stoner

On a cold February day, I stood in a driveway in an industrial complex in Bladensburg, MD, just outside the nation’s capital. Water from a 500-gallon container was gushing onto the ground in front of me. But rather than forming large puddles and flowing across the parking lot, the water was simply disappearing – not into thin air, but into a special system of permeable pavers called PaveDrain.

Instead of letting rain flow off hard surfaces and carry pollution into local waterways and stormdrains, this innovative product captures it and allows it to slowly filter into the ground. Ernest Maier, a Bladensburg, MD company, manufactures the PaveDrain system and had hosted me for a demo. They are exactly the type of company that President Obama spoke about in his State of the Union address when he laid out a blueprint for an economy that is built to last – one built on American manufacturing, American energy and the skills of American workers.

When the President laid out proposals for how we’ll bring about a new era of American manufacturing, with more good jobs and more products stamped Made in the USA, Ernest Maier is the type of company the President was talking about – a successful American company that manufactures products in America and employs American workers.

This system of permeable pavers that greatly reduce water pollution can be found at the nearby town hall in Bladensburg, in residential driveways in Pennsylvania and in the parking lot of a Ford factory in Louisville. In addition to manufacturing products that reduce water pollution and recharge groundwater, Ernest Maier is taking steps to use clean energy and protect the environment – reusing water at the factory, putting biodiesel in their off-road vehicles, utilizing recycled materials, and working with The Conservation Fund to offset carbon dioxide emissions.

Manufacturers of environmental technology are critical to an economy built to last. In fact, the U.S. is the world’s largest producer and consumer of environmental technology goods and services. The U.S. environmental technology industry is a significant economic engine comprised of approximately 119,000 firms, 99 percent of which are small and medium-sized companies. According to the Department of Commerce, the U.S. environmental technology industry in 2008 generated approximately $300 billion in revenues, $43.8 billion in exports, and supported almost 1.7 million jobs.

Let those numbers soak in…they show that our environment and economy can thrive together.

About the author: Nancy Stoner is the Acting Assistant Administrator for the EPA’s Office of Water

$300 Million Chesapeake Bay Bond Stalls in Virginia House

Source:  dailypress.com
Written by:  Cory Nealon
February 9, 2012

Virginia lawmakers declined to back a $300 million bond package that would fund wastewater treatmet plant improvements in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.   The bond, which passed unanimously in the Senate, hit a wall Wednesday in the House of Delegates.  An Appropriations subcommittee voted to shelve the matter until next year.

The decision is a setback for environmental groups, localities, sewer authorities and others that want to use bonds to help pay for upgrades that would reduce nitrogen and phosphorus discharges in the bay and its tributaries.

The legislation springs from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 15-year effort to restore water quality in the bay, where algae blooms, fish kills, and beach closures occur every year.

The EPA directed six watershed states, including Virginia and the District of Columbia, to devise ways to reduce pollution.  In addition to targeting wastewater treatment plants, states are clamping down on agricultural operations, stormwater runoff and other sources.

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