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Penfield & Smith engineer Don Donaldson

Penfield & Smith engineer Don Donaldson touts the benefits of an elaborate pipe system to handle storm water runoff at Hollister Village, a mixed-use project under construction at 7000 Hollister Ave. across from Camino Real Marketplace. “The collection and retention of storm water pollutants onsite allows them to break down naturally … without allowing them to enter the food chain, either via creek or slough, or into the ocean,” he says. (Lara Cooper / Noozhawk photo)

NOOZHAWK

A deluge of rain may seem a long way off in the middle of a drought, but contractors at a new Goleta development are preparing for future storms with some clever engineering designed to keep the water away.

Crews working on Hollister Village, at 7000 Hollister Ave. across from Camino Real Marketplace, have created an innovative storm water capture solution on a grand scale — not that anyone will notice. The half-mile-long pipe system will be completely covered by the project’s parking lot, according to Penfield & Smith engineer Don Donaldson, who gave reporters a look at the system Friday.

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