Evaluation of Best Management Practices for Urban Stormwater Management
Abstract:The Clean Water Act, that established water quality standards for surface waters in the USA, mandates identifying impaired water bodies, and implementing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs). In response, Best Management Practices (BMPs) will be implemented to help to comply with the TMDL requirements. This study evaluated the expected performance of the proposed BMPs of the stormwater clean up projects that will be funded by Proposition O in Los Angeles and their effectiveness to mitigate stormwater pollution for meeting the TMDL requirements. The results show that several projects can make important contributions to reduce pollutant loads by up to 13% of mass loads from each watershed. Our watershed scale approach emphasizes the importance of regional BMPs or integration of decentralized local BMPs in a coherent manner to meet TMDL requirements because the impact of the projects with the large drainage area had the greatest impact on receiving water quality. Our analysis suggests the need for a systems approach to watershed and BMP performance, and provides an example for the approach for the application in other areas and future plans.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2008-01-01
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 These proceedings are not peer reviewed.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