Fri, Feb 10, 2017
The School’s Advanced Rainwater Harvesting and Rain Garden Monitoring system was named as the winner of the Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) 2016 Green/Sustainability/Environmental Award during the 24th Annual MdQI Conference and Annual Awards Ceremony in January 2017. This project was implemented by Opti and Geosyntec Consultants, and completed in co-operation with the School and Cecil County (Maryland) Department of Public Works.
The system design includes a 2,500-gallon rainwater harvesting tank that captures stormwater runoff from the School’s rooftop and provides storage capacity for on-site irrigation to both a rain and butterfly garden. Opti’s technology controls the system and allows the School and the County to meet water quality objectives during both dry and wet weather. Real-time access to system performance provides the School with the added benefit of engaging and educating its students about the importance of water resources as part of an Environmental Site Design education and environmental grant from Cecil County.
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