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MSE's Guilford Run Bioretention Project Implementation

MSE's Guilford Run Bioretention Project Implementation

Maryland Sustainability Engineering's Guilford Run Bioretention Project recently implemented a two-tiered bioretention facility, or 'rain garden,' during the month of January 2011 over UM's Winter Break. This was a great opportunity for involved students of many different majors to get real, hands-on experience working on a construction site and see their designs realized. The biorentention will catch and filter rainwater flowing off of a 3.5-acre area of UM's Parking Lot 1. This will help mitigate pollution of the nearby waterway Guilford Run, as well as slow down runoff water to decrease flash flooding and streambank erosion.

UM already has several other bioretention facilities in place around campus, but this project is different in that it was a student-driven initiative from the beginning. The student team worked closely with Engineers Without Borders - UMCP, University of Maryland Facilities Management, and faculty in the A. James Clark School of Engineering to ensure success in the design and implementation phases of the project. UM Department of Transportation Services contributed the much needed parking lot space required for use as implementation staging grounds. Funding for the project came largely from an award of $9,000 from the Campus Green Fund as well as a Chesapeake Bay Trust Mini Grant award of $5,000.

While the main implementation has been fully completed, a full-scale student planting of the rain garden and dedication will take place later this spring.

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February 16, 2011

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