Stormwaters: Management

Authored by: John C. Clausen , Michael E. Dietz

Encyclopedia of Natural Resources

Print publication date:  July  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9781439852583
eBook ISBN: 9781351043847
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Stormwater management is the handling and control of stormwater. Stormwater is caused by rainfall rates exceeding infiltration rates, and increases with urbanization as a result of impervious surfaces such as roads, parking lots, and buildings. Stormwater best management practices (BMPs) have been developed to reduce peak flow rates and control the volume of runoff. The effectiveness of BMPs in treating stormwater quality varies with the pollutant, the BMP, the land area contributing runoff to the BMP, and the time elapsed since the previous rainfall, rainfall intensity, and many other variables.

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