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Development and Evaluation of Storm Water Improvement Alternatives for Large Regional Watershed Planning Studies

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This paper highlights issues and approaches in applying a level of service (LOS) approach to developing storm water improvement alternatives within large regional watersheds. In addition, this paper discusses methods for quantifying and prioritizing existing storm water problems; presents a general strategy for guiding the development of improvement alternatives; summarizes the various solution types and conceptual design options available; and discusses important cost, benefit, and improvement optimization considerations. A case study in Ohio is used to demonstrate the approaches and methodologies presented. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's Regional Intercommunity Drainage Evaluation (RIDE) Study evaluated 26 urban watersheds, encompassing 72 communities in a 358 sq. mi. area within the metropolitan Cleveland. A key goal of the RIDE Study was the development of planning-level solutions and costs for alleviation of intercommunity drainage problems.and collection and management of data needed to support a regional storm water management program.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2005

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