Home : News : Article Display

The answer found in nature

By Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec | 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | April 11, 2018

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. —

World Water Day was celebrated on March 22 and focused on the importance of water, which built the theme “Nature for Water” – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. 

In celebration of this day, the 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron Installation Management Flight performed maintenance on eight Filterra Stormwater Bioretention Systems, at the LaSalle gate on Langley Air Force Base.

The FSB systems are stormwater infiltration boxes that work like a biorentention system. 

Stormwater runoff flows into the system through a curb inlet on the street. The water makes its way through specialized media, mulch and natural vegetation that capture pollutants and naturally clean the water. The clean water flows through an underdrain pipe that leads to Tide Mill Creek.

These specialized boxes can take in and clean, high flow rates of up to 140 inches of water an hour, to meet the Environmental Protection Agency and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s high standards of clean water.

According to Dawn Christian, 633rd CES water program manager, Langley AFB uses multiple nature based solutions on and around the base, to help protect the environment from pollutants. 

"In general I think most people are aware of the harm to aquatic habitats, like our oceans, that is impacting the environment,” said Alicia Garcia 633rd CES natural resources program manager. “However, I think sometimes people miss the fact that especially here in coastal communities we are directly connected to those aquatic habitats. Stormwater flows from land into creeks and rivers which connect to the ocean.”

 

According to Garcia, by putting in filtration systems that help to clean that stormwater before it can flow into those habitats, JBLE can protect the environment and the organisms that depend on it.

 

“Local watermen harvest these resources to support themselves and to provide food which is part of the cultural heritage of the tidewater region,” said Garcia. “By protecting the environment we help protect the economy and culture of the region.”

 

As a good steward of the environment, JBLE is committed to being a good neighbor to surrounding communities, protecting the quality of the water around the installation.


JBLE's Top Links
JBLE Social Media
Twitter
RT @LFAfighting: .@LFAfighting is bringing a Welterweight World Title Fight to @JBLEnews at #LFA46! 👑 Champion @James_Nakashima vs. Challe…
Twitter
WOAH! Check out what these #Soldiers pushed through on day 1 of the 2018 TRADOC #BestWarriorCompetition! We can't w… https://t.co/1kEogW7py8
Twitter
Thank you SO much to all of our contestants today!! The aircraft shown above, was in fact a CH-47 Chinook. :) Thank… https://t.co/blNt1Q3rJp
Twitter
RT @USAF_ACC: It's #WorldEmojiDay! 😀 Here at ACC, we 🎯 ⬆️ & ✈️-🥊-🥇! How would you describe yourself using #emojis? 🤔 Tweet us! 📱| @usairfor
Twitter
❓This #TriviaTuesday, we're bringing you a NEW challenge: #NameTheAircraft! Stay tuned for the answer in the commen… https://t.co/m3edn17s84
Facebook
This Airman’s bravery has definitely withstood the test of time! Well done sir, and thank you for your service! 🏊🏼‍♂️ Who taught YOU how to be brave? Share below! #SomethingGoodSunday
Twitter
NOTICE: Power on Fort Eustis has been restored. All facilities are on normal operating hours.
Facebook
NOTICE: Power on Fort Eustis has been restored. All facilities are on normal operating hours.
Twitter
POWER NOTICE CONT: For facility outages and updates, visit our Facebook page at https://t.co/PPg5yBVtO7
Twitter
POWER NOTICE: Dominion Energy experienced a problem with their transmission line causing a disruption of power thro… https://t.co/J4BNSdvo9o
Facebook
NOTICE: Dominion Energy experienced a problem with their transmission line causing a disruption of power throughout Fort Eustis. Dominion Energy is working to rectify the problem as quickly as possible. Estimated outage times, are on the Dominion Energy Outage Map under the Southeastern Virginia dropdown box. Current estimate is noon to 5 p.m. <a href="http://outagemap.dominionenergy.com.s3.amazonaws.com/external/report.html?report=report-panel-county-muni" target="_blank">http://outagemap.dominionenergy.com.s3.amazonaws.com/external/report.html?report=report-panel-county-muni</a> Fort Eustis facilities status: AAFES - closed until further notice Commissary - closed until further notice CDCs - closing; parents will be notified by CDC. As soon as we get more information we will provide an update.
Facebook
Some BIG changes are coming to the U.S. Army fitness test! Are YOU ready for the challenge? #FunFactFriday