Laurel has a lot - a LOT! - of surface parking. These lots collect stormwater (and motor oil and antifreeze and debris) and send them directly into the nearby Patuxent river, and eventually into the Chesapeake. While treating all this stormwater prior to it reaching the river is expensive, there is a ubiquitous tool that can treat some of it : the humble parking island.
|Old style parking islands|
|"Green" parking islands|
|Capturing & treating run-off before it enters storm water inlets (photo credits: Lisa Zimmerman)|
With a new Walgreens coming to town, and a new (reconfigured) parking lot, the City presently has the opportunity to try and start "greening" some its parking lots.