Last week I had a chance to take a group on a tour with John McCoy from the Columbia Association to look at their efforts to control the runoff from residents and areas they manage.
Below is a rain garden they installed near the Hopewell pool.
Additionally the homeowner has put some rocks in an area where storm water runs off to slow the flow.
Retaining walls like those below can also be a nice landscaping feature to prevent runoff.
Application for Columbia Association rain garden.
From the Howard County Watershed Academy program:
"Howard County's Watershed Stewards Academy is holding a series of informational sessions to highlight its Master Watershed Steward program.
WSA is looking for innovative problem-solvers, interested in serving the community by preserving and improving water quality at the local level.
WSA is an affiliate of the University of Maryland Extension in Howard County. It is a training program that empowers residents to improve the water quality of local streams and rivers. Through a series of classes and community-based activities, you can learn how to spearhead individual and community efforts aimed at reducing the harmful effects of polluted storm water runoff into local streams, rivers, and eventually the Chesapeake Bay.
Training will commence on at 6:30 PM on Sept 6, 2016 and we require your attendance at one of the following information sessions for enrollment.
• Wednesday, 7 PM, May 18 Savage Branch Library
• Tuesday, 7 PM, June 14 Glenwood Branch Library
• Wednesday, 7 PM, June 29 Miller Branch Library
• Tentative - 7 PM, July 19 East Columbia Library
For more information contact Terry R. Matthews at (410) 313-2711 or firstname.lastname@example.org "