2017 SESWA Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations!  Here is more information about the current projects in the Stormwater field from your photo contest winners:

City of Atlanta Department of Watershed - Green Roof

Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center serves as the home of several federal agencies, including the GSA and EPA Region 4, and is one of Atlanta's most environmentally friendly facilities. For example, the high-rise building of the Samuel Nunn Atlanta Federal Center houses a forested courtyard with a stand of approximately 50 maple trees, flowering cherry trees, and various other deciduous species, as well as native drought-resistant vegetation and paths of semi-pervious concrete pavers. Utilizing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, the $2.6 million project renovation's goals, consistent with the General Services Administration's (GSA) roo¿ng program, were to provide thermal and moisture protection; conserve energy and the environment; reduce utility costs; and help attain energy security by meeting Energy Independence and Security Act requirements; the project meets Sustainability Executive Order 13514.

Oldcastle Precast - Solar Powered Stormwater Harvesting System
An overhead view of the completed solar powered stormwater harvesting system for the new Ultra-Green Inner-City Development know as Encore Tampa in Florida.


Town of Bluffton - Floating Wetlands
Using EPA Section 319 Grant funds the Town of Bluffton's Watershed Management Division retrofitted an existing drainage system in a fecal coliform hotspot in the May River headwaters and added a stormwater wet detention pond. The goal of the project was to mitigate the levels of fecal coliform bacteria reaching the May River, which is currently listed on the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control's 303d list due to a fecal coliform impairment. The pond, which was completed in 2013 has had several observed algae blooms and nutrients from the pond's influent have been of concern. Utilizing the remaining grant funds the Town of Bluffton purchased and installed 15 floating wetlands from Biohaven and native plants from Baker Environmental. The goal of this component of the project is to use the native wetland plants, which grow through the floating wetland matrix, and have their roots suspended in the water to absorb excess nutrients that could otherwise lead to aquatic weed growth, harmful algae blooms, and ultimately fish kills.