Engineering Runoff Solutions

As EPA considers more stringent regulations on stormwater/deicing runoff, here’s a look at one alternative airports may want to consider.

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Airport managers are ultimately responsible for the activities that take place at their airports. Keeping aircraft safe from the effects of cold weather is a primary concern for airports in northern climates. Due to regulations soon to be imposed by the EPA, managers will also be responsible for safeguarding the local environment from deicing activities. Every airport will develop a unique plan depending on the particularities and constraints of their site. Aerated sub-surface flow wetlands are proving to be an effective component of these plans because they are capable of handling the strength and variability of spent deicing liquids.


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