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Sump Pump, Stream and Storm Sewer

The neighbors' sump pump discharged into a gully on Tom and Kerry's property. This 150-foot long ditch led to a storm sewer near the street. This presented a challenge, but also a great opportunity.

Here is the sump pump discharge area much as we found it back in 2011. There was water all over the place. We dug a pit, placed a utility pump in a rock-filled bucket with holes in the bottom and set it in this pit. We directed the outflow through a standard garden hose down the ditch into the storm sewer. This kept the ara relatively dry so we could work. Otherwise it would be a big continuous flooded mess.



Here is the area in Late March 2013. We formed and planted the stream bed in September of 2012. In the picture on the left the large black pipe is the sump pump discharge. The two-inch white pipe to the top contains the electric wire to the pump. The green garden hose carries the water from the pump to the storm sewer. The rocks in the bucket prevent debris from fouling the pump.

The 150-foot stream bed (right) is fully planted and formed. There is still a lot of erosion from overflow, snow melt and heavy rains. We will probably have to do more work here. We will leave the pump in place until the area is filled-out with plants and the soil is secure.



This photo shows the convergence of water from the swale (top) and from the downspout near the sculpture by the entrance (right). It flows to the left through between the stepping stones and into rhe sump pump stream. This is the water that helped erode the stream bed.



This is where the water from the sources listed above converges with the sump pump stream.



Looking west upstream to the water sources (left).

Looing east downstorm to the storm sewer near the street (right).



Here is the raingarden around the storm sewer.



Looking upstream to the west from the street and from the middle of the stream.



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