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Volunteer Post-Construction Monitoring of Stormwater Attenuation in a Regenerative Step Pool Storm Conveyance System Retrofit

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In June of 2008, the Manhattan Beach Civic Association was faced with a problem experienced by many waterfront communities on the Chesapeake Bay. Cypress Beach was receiving direct stormwater runoff from an asphalt swale. The swale transported high energy and potentially polluted water from upland impervious surfaces to the beach. In partnership with private consultants and the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works, the Manhattan Beach Civic Association was able to remove the asphalt swale and replace it with a Regenerative Step Pool Storm Conveyance System (SPSC). This manuscript focuses on how the Manhattan Beach Civic Association utilized volunteer efforts and the assistance of the Anne Arundel County Public Works to fund, build, and complete valuable post-construction monitoring data for a regenerative SPSC system. The post-construction monitoring carried out by volunteers provided data that adds to the existing body of research and monitoring on the ability of regenerative SPSCs to attenuate stormwater flows in non-tidal streams. Future steps and recommendations for other communities are also presented to further promote post-construction monitoring of Regenerative SPSCs with volunteer labor.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2012

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