Reducing Runoff

Posted On: May 05, 2022

It’s common knowledge that runoff from stormwater can bring flood damage to your facility and surrounding areas, but it is also a cause for concern because of its ability to spread pollution far and wide. Runoff is classified as what the Environmental Protection Agency calls “nonpoint source pollution,” a form of pollution that comes from various sources rather than one particular location. To minimize the hazards of chemicals, bacteria, oils, salts, and more associated with stormwater, facilities must do what they can to reduce runoff. Here are three of the best ways to do so.

1. Strategic Landscaping

One of the top ways to reduce runoff is to create bioretention areas, also known as rain gardens. These spaces are created by planting trees, shrubs, and flowers in a designated area, preferably designed to make the most of plants’ power to absorb runoff and naturally filter it through the soil. A professional stormwater management company like iSTORMWATER will be able to assess your available space and maximize the runoff reduction of your bioretention area through plant choice, landscaping materials, and strategic grading.

2. Permeable Hardscaping

Traditional concrete, asphalt, and other hardscaping materials are meant to be mostly impermeable. Impermeable surfaces do little to nothing to absorb runoff, especially if there is no system in place to divert stormwater safely. Replacing impervious materials or planning new hardscapes with materials like pervious concrete, which quickly captures water even in the event of sudden flooding, is a smart way to reduce runoff without any visually obtrusive measures.

3. Drainage System

For any commercial building or facility, a customized drainage system is the ideal method for adhering to applicable regulations regarding stormwater and runoff mitigation. iSTORMWATER specializes in stormwater facilities above and below ground, so you can detain and treat stormwater runoff to the required specifications. Solutions like the CONTECH StormFilter system can be customized to your facility and your treatment needs, greatly reducing the pollutive runoff from storms in your area.


At iSTORMWATER, we know how critical it is to implement and maintain solutions that minimize runoff from storms — and we understand that doing so can be a confusing challenge. That’s why we offer a variety of solutions to fit your facility, regardless of size or industry specialization. With a combination of more than 20 years of experience managing stormwater in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, we are a trusted partner for organizations of all types.

To learn more about our stormwater mitigation and inspection services, call iSTORMWATER at (443) 699-2828 or send us your questions online.


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