Tag: stormwater management plans

Managing the quantity and quality of stormwater is termed, “Stormwater Management.” The term Best Management Practice (BMP) or stormwater control measure (SCM)[14] is often used to refer to both structural or engineered control devices and systems (e.g. retention ponds) to treat or store polluted stormwater, as well as operational or procedural practices (e.g. street sweeping).

Kansas Goes Green (Infrastructure) to Manage Stormwater

Kansas Goes Green (Infrastructure) to Manage Stormwater

In cities on the windswept Kansas prairies, green infrastructure is sprouting up as a way to manage stormwater now and for the future. It blooms as new projects, retrofits, and complementary components of traditional grey infrastructure. In one case, it is the focus of the rebuilding of an entire town.

Los Angeles River Revitalization

Los Angeles River Revitalization

The Los Angeles River begins in headwaters in the San Fernando Valley, where Bell Creek and Calabasas Creek, also known as Arroyo Calabasas, meet in the city of Canoga Park. The river flows only 52 miles to Long Beach, but in its course it falls 795 feet in elevation. That’s

Filtered Hope

Filtered Hope

Catching pollutants has never seemed so easy and so complicated as structural best management practices (BMPs), including stormwater treatment devices, become more advanced and more precise to meet increasing municipal, state, and federal water-quality regulations. Arguably, emerging innovations in structural BMPs may be the best protection for our nation’s small

Improving the Practice of Modeling Urban Hydrology

As stormwater practitioners, if asked, we would all say that we are interested in protecting our water resources and preventing flooding or erosion of downstream properties. We may even be aware that very low levels of urban development (5% to 15% impervious surfaces) have been shown to result in degradation

More Credibility, More Opportunities…More Growth

“Being a Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Storm Water Inspector is a tremendous advantage for me. When developers and contractors see the letters, CESSWI, on my business card, they know I’m not just some guy off the street inspecting their erosion and sediment control practices, but that I’m qualified to do

Dead Zones

Dead Zones

It’s not been a banner year for the world’s water bodies. Off of the California and Oregon coasts, federal regulators issued an unprecedented ban on commercial and recreational salmon fishing through the remainder of the year. While the National Marine Fisheries Service points the finger at a lack of nutrient-rich

The Stormwater Story

Since its establishment, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) has helped make America’s waters safe for fishing, swimming, and drinking. Through its regulatory constraints and enforcement mechanisms, it has controlled hundreds of thousands of water-polluting discharges from urban areas, construction sites, and industrial facilities. As a result, despite sustained

Twenty-Eight Communities, One Stormwater Rule

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District has implemented a comprehensive stormwater management rule to ensure that flood risk does not increase as a result of future development or redevelopment in the district’s service area. It is the first time a regional approach has been taken to reduce the risk of flooding

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