Tag: stormwater mitigation

Mitigating and managing the quantity and quality of stormwater is termed, “Stormwater Management.” The term Best Management Practice (BMP) or stormwater control measure (SCM) 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).

Reader Profile: Susan Bryan

Reader Profile: Susan Bryan

As the rain garden coordinator for the Washtenaw County Water Resources Office in Michigan, Susan Bryan calls the program a “nonpoint-source solution to nonpoint-source pollution.” Through the Washtenaw County Rain Garden Assistance Program—begun 10 years ago as the area became built out—residents are given technical assistance on creating rain gardens

Erosion Control Methods for Steep Slopes

Erosion Control Methods for Steep Slopes

Huge projects like the widening of US 202 in Pennsylvania span several years and several seasons. Stormwater and erosion control is an important part of the planning process, and a variety of soil erosion control devices play a role. Changing topography and limited highway easements sometimes result in steep slopes

Removing Water, Adding Space

Removing Water, Adding Space

As the use of green infrastructure becomes more widespread, and more properties need to manage as much stormwater runoff as possible onsite, the use of permeable pavers is increasing—on both new and retrofit projects.

How to Ask for Money

How to Ask for Money

If you look at the headlines from across a smattering of local news outlets in almost any given week, you’ll probably find something about stormwater fees. Often, the story is from a small city or town that is just considering a stormwater utility or fee for the first time, and

Protecting Storm Drain Inlets

Protecting Storm Drain Inlets

There’s an old advertising saying: “You never see a piano ad unless you’re in the market to buy a piano.” And this might also be true of stormwater inlets. The ubiquitous receptacles are such a routine feature of streets and parking lots that they’re virtually invisible. But, if you are

Modeling and Mapping

Modeling and Mapping

In past years, government offices had cubicles stuffed with rolled up paper maps. Another section of the office might contain stacks of work orders. Hours of time could be lost if a map or a work order was misfiled. Just finding a properly filed map or a work order in

Modeling and Mapping

Modeling and Mapping

In past years, government offices had cubicles stuffed with rolled up paper maps. Another section of the office might contain stacks of work orders. Hours of time could be lost if a map or a work order was misfiled. Just finding a properly filed map or a work order in

Madison, Wisconsin: Capital Stormwater Management

Madison, Wisconsin: Capital Stormwater Management

Two entities are the major players for stormwater projects—green and gray—in Madison. One of those players is the city itself, which as of 2014 had a population more than 245,000. The other is the University of Wisconsin’s (UW’s) main branch. Its flagship campus of the UW system covers 936 acres

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