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Listen As the SSE Staff Discusses Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance (RSC) System for the North Point Lighthouse Ravine

North Point Lighthouse Ravine

North Point Lighthouse Friends spent years raising money to transform the 1888 station in Milwaukee's Lake Park from a decaying structure to gleaming public space.

“The keeper's quarters, it was in pretty bad shape, there was nothing to preserve in the inside. We took out the non-load bearing partitions and made exhibit space for what you’ve seen inside,” group president John Scripp says. Scripp says the undertaking cost $1.6 million, and after 10 tough years of work inside, the volunteers hadn’t mustered the energy or money to tend to the eroded ravine outside or its crumbling pedestrian trail.

The friends group knew storm water was a problem and installed a small rain garden. "One thing we didn't do was to put pavement on the driveway and our small parking area. Early on we wanted to finish it with some pavement that would be appropriate and thought of pervious pavement. But we didn't succeed in getting that done," Scripp says.

The volunteers' vision of what they could achieve expanded when they met civil engineer Carrie Bristoll-Groll. She owns Stormwater Solutions Engineering and was eager to test out a new stormwater management tool.

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Listen to Carrie's on WUWM's Project Milwaukee Innovation Forum

Portrait of Carrie in WUWM Project Milwaukee Forum

Cultivating talent and collaboration quickly surfaced as central themes of WUWM's Project Milwaukee panel discussion on innovation and the economy. Insiders shared ideas for how Milwaukee can become and remain competitive in innovative fields.

"There's definitely so much more power in all of our numbers together," says Carrie Bristoll-Groll, a civil engineer and founder of Stormwater Solutions Engineering. It develops systems to manage storm water and control flooding. Bristoll-Groll says the firm looks for innovative techniques. So it made sense to locate in the Global Water Center in Milwaukee. It houses water-related businesses and research firms.

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Listen to Carrie's interview about Women of Water on WKTI 94.5 (recorded on Sept 13, 2015)

SSE Hosted the Adopt-a-Beach(TM) Sheridan Park Beach Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Adopt-a-Beach Sheridan Beach
Adopt-a-Beach Sheridan Beach
Adopt-a-Beach Sheridan Beach
Adopt-a-Beach Sheridan Beach
Adopt-a-Beach Sheridan Beach

22 volunteers collected 175 lbs of trash and debris from the shore.

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SSE is first in Midwest to introduce
Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance!

Regenerative stormwater conveyance (RSC) is a series of step-pools atop a porous sand media bed. RSCs are able to function similarly to stable headwater streams, effectively conveying large flows, managing storm volumes, as well as treating many typical stormwater pollutants from impervious areas. Runoff entering the RSC will immediately slow in the pools, allowing for infiltration into the media bed and essential treatment processes to occur. Most of the runoff will leave the RSC as exfiltration into groundwater, filtered subsurface seep, or via evapotranspiration. A small fraction, usually between 1% and 15% annually, will leave as non-erosive surface flow. RSCs are an effective stormwater best management practice (BMP) in the Eastern United States, particularly in sensitive coastal watersheds. However, there is no known RSC currently built in the Midwest. Stormwater Solutions Engineering, LLC (SSE) is the only firm in the Midwest to offer RSC.

RSCs were originally used as retrofits for failing channels, swales, and at pipe outfalls. As they have become more prolific, their design has been adapted to include a wide variety of applications. For example, RSC can be used at different points within the BMP treatment train. An RSC located at the front end of the train will provide water treatment, peak flow mitigation, and reduce downstream BMP retention needs. An RSC located at the tail end of the train will provide safe, non-erosive discharge of treated runoff to receiving waters. RSCs are also able to provide water quality and conveyance for sites with 0- 5% slopes. They can provide safe conveyance in slopes up to 50%. RSCs are also adaptable to space constraints. They can be installed in the footprint of roadway medians and ditches to provide conveyance and treatment needs. Or the storage potential of RSCs can be optimized when more width is available. RSCs also provide many opportunities for enhancing site aesthetics, educational outreach, and recreational potential of a site, thus meeting many project goals in one design.

Case Study: Residence along the Rock River in Oregon, IL (Download our RSC PDF)

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Planning and designing is what we as civil engineers do on a regular basis. At Stormwater Solutions Engineering, LLC, we aim to protect our neighbors and the green environment in which our projects are placed. It is our goal to improve upon the existing conditions in the areas of water quality, environmental impact, safety and aesthetics . Plan, Design, Protect.