June 09 2011

Pollution Prevention System at UC San Diego Wins Awards

by Rick Wilson

An innovative pollution prevention system at UC San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography has won awards from engineering societies and garnered kudos from  a regulatory agency. The project, designed to protect an offshore Area of Special Biological Significance, incorporates a sophisticated system of water-diversion structures, bioswales vegetated with native plants and four swimming-pool-sized “media filters.”

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Native plants in landscaping features called bioswales remove silt and pollution from storm water runoffs. Credit: Kimberly McConnell, UCSD.

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