MUNICIPAL STORMWATER PROGRAMS: WHAT'S WORKING?
Abstract:Tetra Tech, under contract to EPA, has conducted on-site reviews of over 100 stormwater Phase I programs. These reviews have identified some common findings that are generally applicable to the majority of stormwater programs. For example, many municipalities have been successful in developing innovative public education programs, have developed programs to maintain their stormwater infrastructure, and have successfully joined with other municipalities to share resources and experiences. However, many municipalities are not adequately identifying measurable goals for BMPs, are not using collected data to modify and improve their program, and are not addressing specific pollutants of concern. Other challenges include implementing inspection programs and developing standards for runoff from new developments. Some municipalities are successfully addressing these challenges, and EPA has developed a series of stormwater case studies to highlight these programs. Finally, EPA is developing a Municipal Stormwater Program Review Guide to assist EPA and States in conducting these on-site audits and assessing the effectiveness of municipal stormwater programs.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2005
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