State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2007NY92B
Title: Best management practices for managing stormwater runoff from developing areas in the Hudson catchment
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2007
End Date: 2/28/2008
Congressional District: 22
Focus Categories: Water Quality, Non Point Pollution, Management and Planning
Keywords: water quality, stormwater runoff, urban and suburban developments, best management practices
Principal Investigators: Steenhuis, Tammo; Richards, Brian
Federal Funds: $ 14,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 23,750
Abstract: The management and treatment of stormwater runoff in urbanized and developing areas with substantial impermeable surface coverage presents a major challenge. Increasing quantities of runoff are generated from impermeable surfaces (roofs and pavement), yet the number of locations for adequate runoff storage and treatment are diminished as development proceeds. There are a wide variety of best management practices (BMPs) available to help manage storm water runoff. Structural BMPs include retention basins, rain gardens, filter strips, and devices to remove oil and grease from runoff, while non-structural BMPs involve operational and management techniques that can limit adverse impacts of stormwater. Economical and ecologically sound BMPs are essential to managing the adverse effects of development on stormwater-related peak flows and pollutant loadings to surface waters. We anticipate that our work will help achieve this combination by providing in-field evaluative data on the performance of commercially-implemented structural and non-structural BMPs. The results will provide an improved understanding of the effectiveness of these technologies for the management and treatment of urban and suburban storm water runoff. The benefits may be substantial in that the volume and peak flow rates of contaminated urban storm water runoff discharged to receiving surface water bodies can be reduced, the contaminants in the stormwater can be removed or treated, that improved recharge to underlying groundwater can be achieved beneath the impermeable surfaced areas, and that BMPs can be attractively integrated into open space areas.

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