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Boeing South Carolina Awarded 2016 EPA Region 4 Rain Catcher Award

Contact Information: 
James Pinkney (pinkney.james@epa.gov)
(404) 562-9183 (Direct), (404) 562-8400 (Main)

ATLANTA – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Boeing South Carolina with the regional 2016 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Commercial Category for the Stormwater Reuse Project in Charleston, South Carolina. The award was announced at a ceremony during the EPA Region 4/International Erosion Control Association Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Boeing Stormwater Reuse Project involved a system to reuse stormwater from the site’s three retention ponds for irrigation of site landscaping. Green infrastructure (GI) features include best management practices preventing industrial contaminants from entering the stormwater system, 100 percent stormwater capture in the site’s retention ponds, use of retention pond water for landscaping irrigation and retention pond shore-scaping with native vegetation preventing erosion and treating sheetflow. Reducing and treating stormwater runoff helps achieve private, public and stakeholder goals for improved local and watershed water quality. The Stormwater Reuse Project exemplifies GI excellence through the use of stormwater for irrigation, improving water quality and therefore reducing impacts on the Ashley River watershed.

The EPA Region 4 Rain Catcher Award recognizes excellence in the implementation of stormwater GI practices. GI uses natural systems and/or engineered systems designed to mimic natural processes to more effectively manage stormwater and reduce receiving water impacts. EPA and its partner organizations have promoted the use of GI for many years as part of a comprehensive approach to achieving healthier waters. GI reduces the volume of stormwater discharges by managing rainwater close to where it falls and removes many of the pollutants present in runoff, making it an effective strategy for addressing wet weather pollution and improving water quality.  

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