The Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland Department of Transportation unveiled this week a public-private partnership to advance stormwater control technology that can help reduce pollutants and curb local flooding to the Chesapeake Bay. Partners include state, federal, business, and conservation advocates like U.S. EPA Region 3, Walmart, and TNC/Opti Development Partners LLC, a joint venture of The Nature Conservancy and Opti that will oversee installation and operation of “smart pond” technology.
The technology improves stormwater pond operations through sensors and software that monitor real-time conditions of water levels and storage volume. When rain is forecasted, the system can automatically open valves to drain the pond before precipitation, maximizing storage efficiency and reducing downstream flooding.
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