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
Letter from the City of Mount Rainier >
PAVEDRAIN PROJECT PROFILE
Mount Rainier, Maryland
The Town of Mount Rainier shares a common problem that plagues city managers and public works officials across the country . . . what to do with stormwater runoff. Until that riddle is solved, flooding will continue to occur damaging properties and infrastructure. Mount Rainier and the residents along 35th and 36th Streets had reached a tipping point. Habitual, even predictable, extensive flooding of residential basements and backyards called for action. After researching many options, City Manager Jeanelle Wallance and Assistant City Manager Michael Jackson chose the PaveDrain Performance Pavement system manufactured locally by Ernest Maier Block in Bladensburg, MD.
For the full Project Profile and great progress photos please follow this link – http://www.emcoblock.com/products/site-solutions/project-profiles/
Source: The Washington Post – The Local
Feb 3, 2012
By Associated Press
EPA official to tour Bladensburg manufacturer, promote
permeable paving material
BLADENSBURG, Md. — Nancy Stoner is the Environmental Protection Agency’s top
water official, but she’ll be talking about paving when she tours a Bladensburg
That’s because the factory owned by Ernest Maier Inc., produces permeable
paving stones that allow rain to soak through them and into the soil rather than
run off into storm drains. The EPA says that’s important because pavers that
allow rainwater to sink into the ground below, where it is filtered by the
ground, help to remove pollutants before they reach waterways.
And that’s important for Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts because while
pollution from other sources is being cut, urban and suburban storm water runoff
is a growing source of pollution.
Stoner plans to tour the Bladensburg factory on Monday.
“The purpose of this letter is to provide you an update on the Pavedrain block pavement system that you installed at our municipal lot in Bladensburg. After 13 months, we have observed that your pavement system has required no vacuuming, needs less surface treatments during snow or ice events, and infiltrates 100% of the direct rainfall on it as well as all of the runoff from the roof of our building. We believe that your innovative system will assist in our effort to keep the Anacostia River clean for years to come.”
“We at the Town believe that Pavedrain is and will be an important component of our effort to “green” our community. If anyone has any questions about its performance, please have them contact me or Tim McNamara, the head of our Public Works Department.”
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