Development of Effectiveness Indicators for Stormwater and Watershed Management Programs
Abstract:State and local governments are looking for ways to document the effectiveness of stormwater and watershed management programs to assess water quality conditions and to facilitate communications of the programs' benefits to the public and other audiences. This paper presents the development of effectiveness indicators for stormwater and watershed management programs and the development of a regional monitoring program.
The study was conducted for the jurisdictions encompassed by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) through HRPDC's Regional Stormwater Management Committee (RSMC), with specific focus on the six cities that currently have Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) stormwater permits: Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach (permittees).
An indicator is defined as a measurable feature that provides managerially and scientifically useful evidence of stormwater and ecosystem quality or reliable evidence of trends in stormwater quality and program effectiveness. Nine indicators of program effectiveness were selected that encompass all aspects of the stormwater programs. A selection criteria that addressed technical, practical, and programmatic considerations was used to facilitate the selection of indicators.
To capture data representative of the activities of the stormwater programs, the indicators were grouped into four indicator groups that represent traditional monitoring practices and other less frequently used methods. To provide a measure of each indicator, 14 indicator tools were selected.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2000-01-01
More about this publication?
- Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation is an archive of papers published in the proceedings of the annual Water Environment Federation® Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC® ) and specialty conferences held since the year 2000. These proceedings are not peer reviewed. A subscription to the Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation includes access to most papers presented at the annual WEF Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) and other conferences held since 2000. Subscription access begins 12 months after the event and is valid for 12 months from month of purchase. A subscription to the Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation is included in Water Environment Federation (WEF) membership.
WEF Members: Sign in (right panel) with your IngentaConnect user name and password to receive complimentary access. Access begins 12 months after the conference or event
- Subscribe to this Title
- Membership Information
- About WEF Proceedings
- WEFTEC Conference Information
- Learn about the many other WEF member benefits and join today
- Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites