Design & Construction Management
Storm Water Management
Morgan desires to be a good steward of the environment and the land it utilizes. Our goal is to continue to improve Morgan's Environmental Health / Footprint through the improvement of its storm water management.
Improvements are accomplished by: monitoring, maintaining, managing, preventing, educating and correcting measures and behaviors as necessary.
Morgan is surrounded by: Northeast Community Organization (NECO), Northeast Development Alliance ("NEDA"), Coldstream, Homestead, Montebello ("CHuM"), Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc., ("BENI"), Harbel Community Organization, Blue Water Baltimore (BWB), Med Star Good Samaritan Hospital, and Jacob France Institute (University of Baltimore).
Storm water (or stormwater) is rainwater, melted snow or other water that is not absorbed into ground (lawns). However, when heavy rainwater occurs, and the ground saturated by water or is hard from the lack-of-rain, the conditions creates excess moisture that runs across the surface collecting debris, chemicals, sediment, etc. and depositing them into the storm drains and road ditches, which then lead to bodies of water such as the Herring Run, the Inner Harbor.
Storm Water Management
Storm water management ("SWM") is the effort to reduce runoff of rainwater or melted snow into streets, lawns and other sites and the improvement of water quality, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA").
Reason to Manage / Reduce Storm Water
The reason for storm water management and to reduce storm water run off is to decrease contaminants such as debris, chemicals, bacteria, eroded soils and other pollutants rain and melted snow carry into the storm systems which then enter the water ways (streams, rivers, lakes, oceans and wetlands). When storm water is absorbed into the soil, it is filtered and ultimately replenishes aquifers or flows into bodies of water such as streams and rivers.
Easy Ways to Help Improve Storm Water Quality
- Never dump anything in a storm drain or water ways
- Avoid littering and throw trash in a trash can
- Maintain vehicles, eliminate fluid leaks
- Pick up after pets
- Plant native plants to reduce the need to water / fertilize
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