Low-Impact Development

Authored by: Curtis H. Hinman , Derek B. Booth

Fresh Water and Watersheds

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138337565
eBook ISBN: 9780429441042
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9780429441042-17

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Abstract

Low Impact Development (LID) uses on-site natural features and small-scale hydrologic controls to manage runoff, closely mimicking predevelopment watershed hydrologic functions. LID can fully control flows associated with low-intensity storms, improve water quality treatment by increasing stormwater contact with soils and vegetation, and significantly reduce flows from larger volume storms on sites with relatively permeable soils. LID is a significant conceptual shift from conventional stormwater management; its broader application should encourage designers to incorporate native hydrologic processes as important organizing principles in the development of the urban and suburban landscape.

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