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.
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.”
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.
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
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