Prince of Peace Stormwater Management Project
As a part of Blue Water Baltimore’s Blue Water Congregations program, the Prince of Peace Stormwater Management Project aimed to decrease stormwater runoff, and to enhance water quality in Baltimore and its communities. In order to meet these programmatic goals, a bioretention system with underdrain components, water control structures, and native vegetation were installed on the property.
The Prince of Peace project area is located in a highly urbanized area of Baltimore. The property lacked a system which could manage stormwater events in an efficient manner. Water would collect on the property and run into neighboring streets and walkways. This resulted in dangerous flooding, and large amounts of debris polluting nearby bodies of water.
In order to improve property conditions, various structures were constructed to be able to handle high flows during stormwater events. These structures included a standard inlet protection, a clear water diversion pipe, and two bioswales. The standard inlet protection and clear water diversion pipe serve as a means to collect water during storm events and guide it towards a drain. The bioswale system helps filter out sediment and other debris, which gets collected with stormwater. Both bioswales assist in removing silt and pollution from runoff water. Through this stormwater management project, a dynamic solution was found to help control water during storm events on the Prince of Peace property. The solutions also led to improved water quality within Baltimore and the neighboring community.
Funding for this project was provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
The Prince of Peace parking lot and neighboring area prior to construction. The impervious parking lot allowed runoff to flow into the community streets during storm events.
During construction, a clear water diversion pipe was installed which collected and guided stormwater to a nearby drain. The filtration system above the pipe will reduce sediment and other debris before the water reaches the drain.
The Prince of Peace project area near completion of the stormwater management project. A buffer between the community streets and walkways was added to prevent stormwater from causing harmful flooding.