When driving by a Harman Construction site, you would not typically think about how work on that site impacts the Chesapeake Bay. However, protection of the Bay and its tributaries is a huge part of every Harman Construction project.
The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act was enacted to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and other waters of the state through the effective use of land management and planning. At Harman Construction, we are committed to maintaining the quality of our state waters.
On a construction site, the two primary factors impacting water quality are stormwater management and erosion/sediment control. Stormwater runoff from construction sites occurs as a result of precipitation events such as rain water and melted snow. The goal of stormwater management is to prevent runoff from leaving a construction site and ultimately reaching the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Poorly managed stormwater can cause erosion, flooding, and depositing excess nutrients, sediments, and other contaminates into rivers and streams. Properly managed stormwater can recharge groundwater and protect adjacent lands from erosion, flooding, and pollutants.
Methods used on a typical Harman site to manage stormwater include erosion/silt fencing, storm drain inlet protection, wash racks at job site entrances, sediment ponds, water diversion dikes/ditches, and gravel construction roads.
Problems associated with construction activities like soil erosion, water pollution, flooding, stream channel damage, slope failures, and damage to adjacent downstream properties are minimized with the implementation of effective erosion/sediment control measures.
Harman’s project superintendent is responsible for the management of erosion and sediment control on each job site. To ensure effective oversight of water quality measures, Harman’s site superintendent performs daily site inspections to monitor compliance with the project’s storm water management plan.
Healthy state and local economies and a healthy Chesapeake Bay are integrally related; balanced economic development and water quality protection are not mutually exclusive. At Harman Construction we are committed to our role in the protection of the Chesapeake Bay and the quality of our water supply.
– Gary McBride
LEED AP BD+C, Director of Operations