Stormwater Control Measure Implementation Guidance and Tracking Tool
Abstract:Throughout the United States, many urban areas are facing challenges to improve the water quality of stormwater runoff and receiving waters. Stormwater control measures (SCMs) serve as valuable tools for managing the quantity and quality of stormwater; however, their function, performance, costs, and benefits are not always well understood by all stakeholders involved in implementation. Additionally, the logistics of implementation and functionality of these systems can vary for different locations, making it beneficial to use lessons learned from prior local implementation to guide future efforts through an adaptive management approach.
A computer tool was developed to address these issues, providing a mechanism to evaluate SCM functionality, performance, costs, benefits, and implementation issues, educate users, and present pertinent information from local implementation efforts. The tool approximates the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment generated by a specified land area and evaluates the ability of SCMs to reduce the load of these pollutants. Information on costs, maintenance requirements, pollutant removal mechanisms, and other aspects of SCM implementation and function are presented along with water quality evaluations. In some cases, these elements incorporate educational aspects such as enhanced definitions, schematics, and animations. These evaluations are supported by a framework for tracking local implementation, utilizing data obtained from local efforts to support evaluations and information provided by the tool.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2012
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