Along this route of above and below ground sections, Bowman Creek acquires lots of pollutants. This includes sewage leaking underground, E. Coli contamination, and trash from littering above ground. Part of our solution to this is daylighting, or bringing above ground, certain sections of the creek. We also plan to develop rain gardens to control what washes in to the creek. Lastly, we hope to address the issue of CSO, or “Combined Sewer Overflow“.
In addition to the problem with severe pollution, the flow of Bowman Creek is very inconsistent. When there is little rainfall, the creek can flow very slow or even dry up in places. And when there is heavy rainfall, the creek can flow fast and even flood in certain areas. Not only does this not allow for steady marine life in the creek, but flooding poses a health and safety risk to people living in the neighborhood around Bowman Creek. Our solution to this is to develop a retention pond with a Smart Valve and sensors in the creek. The pond would help the flow of water if the sensors detect that the water level is low in the creek. The pond would also close the Smart Valve if the sensors detect that the water level is too high in the creek.