It was a great chance to hear how Montgomery County and the Chesapeake Bay Trust are working with property owners to control stormwater and help get it back into the ground instead of running into storm drains. Every effort to divert rain water into the ground helps reduce pollution in Sligo Creek.
The question of the evening was how to divert rain water from our parking lot and street into the new Conservation Landscaping.
A speed bump is one way to divert water across a road.
But on our street, there's a steep uphill curve.
When you have to navigate snow and ice in the winter, a speed bump that forces you to slow down at the crest of hill can be treacherous.
We talked about the pros and cons of installing a trench drain instead.
The main downside is the cost:
A trench drain costs more than three times as much as an asphalt speed bump.
There were several questions.
How will the Conservation Landscaping be maintained?
Answer: The weeding and mulching will be added to the 3OA annual landscaping contract.
How would you keep a trench drain clear of leaves and debris?
Answer: 3OA currently cleans out our drainage system once a year. The trench drain could be added to that contract.
Our owners are enthusiastic and they have lots of ideas!