Innovative Stormwater Solutions
Why EcoLogix Group was engaged:
A federal agency managing a highly visible publicly accessed facility was facing pressure to address urban stormwater pollution. More than 1000 urbanized acres drain heavily polluted stormwater through the grounds of the facility and into a significantly impaired water body. Considerations of aesthetics and costs had stymied action for a number of years despite calls for action by local residents, environmental groups, elected officials and others. EcoLogix Group was retained to help the project team achieve consensus for an innovative solution.
How EcoLogix Group Responded:
EcoLogix Group provided a comprehensive stakeholder engagement effort designed to engage a diverse group of community and environmental stakeholders as well as elected officials and agency representatives. The goal of the effort was to solicit input into the stormwater treatment technical considerations, while addressing stakeholder priorities which included assessing stormwater treatment alternatives, fostering pollution abatement, enhancing the aesthetics of the facility, incorporating on-site educational opportunities, and demonstrating environmentally sustainable practices.
Stakeholders gained an understanding of the complexities of an effective stormwater BMP project as well as the project’s cost elements, and reached consensus on solutions worthy of the national profile of the facility and that would advance its educational and research missions while reducing the environmental impacts of the large volume of stormwater. Project design and implementation was able to move forward.