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Why We Work on Managing and Reducing Soil Pollution

At EEC Environmental, we offer numerous services designed to manage and reduce soil pollution. Reducing soil pollution is important to the environment and the health of every living thing on the planet.

Why Managing and Reducing Soil Pollution is Important

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations spells out five reasons why soil pollution is important and needs to be addressed.

It Touches Everything

Soil pollution affects all aspects of our lives. Our health and the health of our planet are dependent on the quality of our soil.

It Threatens Our Future

Experts say soil pollution has degraded one-third of our topsoil. Since it takes a thousand years to generate 1 cm of topsoil, pollution today will affect countless generations to come.

It Affects Soil Filtration

Soil acts as a natural filter for chemicals and other toxins, and soil pollution diminishes soil’s filtering potential. In other words, soil pollution stops our soil from protecting us from contaminants.

It Increases Food Insecurity

Because soil pollution reduces crop yields and the nutritional quality of those crops, it contributes to the rising problem of food insecurity. To guarantee a wide availability of safe and nutritious food, it’s essential to maintain healthy soils.

It Puts Our Health at Risk

Human and animal antibiotics released into the environment seep into the soil and help to create antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. The spread of these bacteria decreases the effectiveness of antibiotics which are used to combat both common and deadly diseases. Almost a quarter million people die each year as the result of these bacteria that are resistant to traditional antibiotics.

How to Reduce Soil Pollution

Here are some of the ways that industries and municipalities can manage and reduce soil pollution from their facilities.

Soil, Groundwater, and Soil Vapor Remediation

EEC’s experts can help redress pollution found in nearby soil. Our engineers, geologists, and hydrogeologists are experienced with several remedial techniques, including soil vapor extraction (SVE), in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO), and dual phase extraction (DPE).

Brownfield Redevelopment

Managing existing soil pollution is important when redeveloping brownfields into viable properties. EEC can handle all aspects of the environmental redevelopment, from initial due diligence to remedial action plans.

Stormwater Services

Stormwater runoff is a major cause of soil pollution. EEC offers a variety of stormwater management services, including design, inspection, and compliance for MS4s, SWPPPs, and BMPs.

Let EEC Environmental Help Manage Soil Pollution

EEC Environmental has worked towards managing and reducing soil pollution for more than 25 years. Our team of scientific and engineering experts has established our reputation as one of the top environmental companies in the United States. We work from our Annapolis, Maryland, and Los Angeles/Orange County locations to serve the environmental needs of private and public clients across the country.

Contact EEC Environmental today to learn how we can help you manage and reduce your soil pollution footprint.

Stormwater Management Plans

Stormwater Management Planning Steps

Stormwater Management Plans

Stormwater management plans are required for most new commercial and residential developments, provide long-term plans for rainwater harnessing, modernization of antique water management systems and reinvigoration of communities through updated waterways and green spaces. Effective management of stormwater prevents flooding and contamination of water

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Stormwater Pollution Prevention

What Is Stormwater Management and Why Is It Important?

Stormwater Pollution PreventionStormwater management 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).

When stormwater is absorbed into the soil, it is filtered and ultimately replenishes aquifers or flows into streams and rivers. However, when heavy rainwater hits, ground saturated by water creates excess moisture that runs across the surface and into storm sewers and road ditches. This water often carries debris, chemicals, bacteria, eroded soil, and other pollutants, and carries them into streams, rivers, lakes, or wetlands.

So, how does stormwater management help?

In urban and developed areas, impervious surfaces such as pavement and roofs prevent precipitation from naturally soaking into the ground. Instead, water runs rapidly into storm drains, sewer systems and drainage ditches and can cause flooding, erosion, turbidity (or muddiness), storm and sanitary sewer system overflow, and infrastructure damage. However, stormwater design and “green infrastructure” capture and reuse stormwater to maintain or restore natural hydrologies.

Detaining stormwater and removing pollutants is the primary purpose of stormwater management. Pervious Surfaces that are porous and allow rainfall and snowmelt to soak into the soil, Gray infrastructure, such as culverts, gutters, storm sewers, conventional piped drainage, and Blue/Green infrastructure that protect, restore, or mimic the natural water cycle, all play a part in stormwater management.

How can you help?

Educating yourself on where rainwater and snowmelt flow on your property when it doesn’t get absorbed into the ground is a huge first step. Implementing best management practices to reduce runoff and to make sure that it is clean when it leaves your property is the next step.

Stormwater MS4 InspectionsOur staff at EEC Environmental (EEC) has been specializing in stormwater compliance for more than 20 years. EEC can aid anyone looking to improve stormwater management on their property with our experience in developing stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs), sharing best management practices (BMPs), assisting with design, municipal separate storm and sewer systems (MS4), conducting inspections, and helping clients with Level 1 & 2 ERAs compliance.

Our staff has assisted both MS4 programs and industrial facilities with compliance issues as part of these services. EEC develops Local Implementation Plans (LIPs) that include program management and the inventory, prioritization, and inspection of industrial, commercial, and municipal facilities.

EEC’s Stormwater/National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) group has developed and implemented municipal, industrial, commercial, and construction programs to achieve full compliance with federal, state, and local stormwater regulations.

Successful implementation and management of a stormwater program demand a clear understanding of the NPDES permit requirements and solid teamwork between staff and consultants/contractors. EEC stands poised to support any city or industrial facility with their stormwater compliance needs, having supported other cities and industrial facilities with the development and implementation of their stormwater/NPDES programs, as well as having developed multiple LIPs.

Please click here if you need assistance with stormwater concerns.