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Creating business value through ecological stormwater management
Cook Composites and Polymers Co. (CCP) is an industrial company producing and distributing products such as gel coats, composite resins, or coatings resins. It owns a site in Houston US that is highly dependent on the natural flood regulation services from the local bayou ecosystem to prevent stormwater from accumulating across its facilities and creating a nuisance. However, the development of impervious surfaces throughout Houston has disrupted this ecosystem service.
Ecosystem regulation services, an alternative solution to fight floods
The CCP Houston site is currently equipped with a stormwater management infrastructure that is ageing and not able to cope with the frequent storms and flooding that occur in the region. Therefore, CCP is planning to construct a wetland ecosystem to replace this infrastructure. Through this project, CCP aims to restore the local ecosystem by reestablishing the natural hydrological cycle for its facility’s location, as well as provide water purification services through the ecological stormwater management solution.
A multi-stakeholder project
CCP believes this progressive solution to a unique problem for an active industrial facility will require support and approval from multiple regulatory agencies.
CCP is working together with the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD), The Center for Resilience at the Ohio State University and other partners to analyze, design and construct a wetland to replace the existing stormwater management infrastructure. CCP believes this unique partnership will:
support message point development for demonstrating project value to regulatory stakeholders (e.g., City of Houston Public Works, City of Houston Fire, TCEQ Houston, TCEQ Austin) and company shareholders; and
enable CCP to obtain approval from not just one but multiple state and local regulatory agencies.
Results for business, results for the community, results
This ecological solution to the current ageing stormwater
management system will eliminate site flooding,
allowing the company to save money on the reduction
or elimination of storm water discharge, on nuisance
costs associated with flooding, and also on the capital
required to maintain the existing system. Additionally,
the project will reduce the burden on the public water
treatment system, whilst providing a natural amenity.
These positive impacts, as well as the partnerships built
during the project, will also enable CCP to strengthen its
social license to operate in the region.
Finally, the wetland enhancement will also benefit the
local ecosystems as plant biodiversity is expected to
increase by approximately 30 species.