Tag: stream water quality

The modification of natural stream flows by dams and weirs can also affect water quality. The weather, too, can have a major impact on water quality, particularly in a dry areas which are periodically affected by droughts.

Watersheds, Walkability, and Stormwater

Watersheds, Walkability, and Stormwater

Town centers, walkable urbanism, compact growth, new urbanism: these are all terms associated with a growing movement toward walkable urban development. Above all else, this increasingly popular pattern of development implies proximity of uses, and therefore much higher density. Higher density is a necessary antecedent to walkable and vibrant urban

Information-Oriented Watershed Planning

Watersheds almost always cross over many governmental jurisdictions, and therefore planning for watershed issues involves many different agencies or local governments as well as differing interests among individuals. Most municipalities have their own formal plans, including zoning, subdivision, and stormwater ordinances to manage stormwater. Most plans reflect their own interests,

Stormwater Paradigms

Stormwater Paradigms

I once heard the story of a public meeting gone comical. The local public works engineer had just finished carefully explaining that a regional detention facility was to be constructed to handle the flooding within a certain watershed (“No, sir, no prisoners involved here–this is stormwater detention”) and that constructio…

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