Whenever we build neighborhoods, parking lots, roads, and even farms, human activities result in pollution that enters surface water during rain events. For the past 20 years, we have required many parking lots and concrete pads to have retention ponds mostly for the prevention of flash floods. However, when we look at these ponds we see how much pollution is actually in runoff. Let's look at the pollution in runoff:
Current efforts focus on creating awareness of the pollution in runoff, but are not enforcing any treatment requirements. As our population and development increases and non--point source pollution starts to contribute more "loadings" to the environment that municipal water treatment plant or industrial wastewater treatment discharges, the pollution issues may require more neighborhoods, farms, and commercial areas to have stormwater discharge permits.
Erik Rumbaugh has been involved in biological waste treatment for over 20 years. He has worked with industrial and municipal wastewater facilities to ensure optimal performance of their treatment systems. He is a founder of Aster Bio (www.asterbio.com) specializing in biological waste treatment.
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