Keeping Visible and Invisible BMPs Beautiful

Shelly Frie, PE, ENV SP, Project Manager, Jacobs Engineering

Stormwater best management practices (BMPs) designed as landscape amenities in a highly public setting require regular ongoing maintenance to remain effective and attractive. Thoughtful design features make it easier to maintain the landscaped BMPs to keep them beautiful. This highly public space also has underground manufactured treatment devices (MTDs) to provide water quality treatment. The before and after results of cleaning the MTDs show why it is important to also regularly maintain “hidden” BMPs to keep them from getting ugly. The findings from the BMP inspections and evaluation will be presented to provide information on what is working well and where improvements could be made.


Author Bio

Project manager with Jacobs Engineering in Virginia Beach, Virginia
PE with 33 years of experience in stormwater and water resources engineering
B.S. Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
VLWA Director and Scholarship Committee Chair
Envision Sustainability Professional