stormwater pollution Articles

  • Stormwater Treatment: Priority pollutant behaviour in stormwater BMPs

    The term Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) (also known as sustainable urban drainage systems; SUDS) refers to a wide range of stormwater control systems which enable the planning, design and management of stormwater to be tackled equally from water quantity, water quality and amenity perspectives (). Commonly used systems include: Storage systems (e.g. retention ponds and constructed ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Stormwater: Questions and Answers

    The whole subject of Stormwater is complicated. Here's a chance for you to check out some of the most frequently asked questions about stormwater . . . and their answers. What is an NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit? The Clean Water Act prohibits anybody from discharging 'pollutants' through a 'point source' into a 'water of the United States' unless they ...


    By Ben Meadows

  • Seattle Stormwater Management

    Since the 1990s the city of Seattle – a major coastal seaport in the North West of the U.S. – has invested heavily in cleaning up and reducing severe pollution of the water environment. Some of the ideas to help prevent water pollution can be of great inspiration to cities in Europe. Read more ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • The urban stormwater farm

    Currently more than 3 billion people live in urban areas. The urban population is predicted to increase by a further 3 billion by 2,050. Rising oil prices, unreliable rainfall and natural disasters have all contributed to a rise in global food prices. Food security is becoming an increasingly important issue for many nations. There is also a growing awareness of both ‘food miles’ and ‘virtual ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Warning! Beware stormwater product

    Warning! Beware of a storm water insert sold under the trade mark "Safe Drain".  This product holds water in the open position.  Standing water can present both odor and health issues.  In 2004, Cameron M. Colson patented a leading storm water drain insert that utilized a butterfly valve mounted inside the storm water insert that aided in spill control.  This Design was ...

  • Stormwater Management for Urban Environments

    IntroductionElmhurst College, a hundred-thirty-five year old private learning institution, is proceeding with a campus redevelopment project that will include a one hundred seventy bed residence hall. In addition, the college continues to be a role model for sustainable site design and an educational resource for both students and the community.The need for additional housing, due to ...


    By Advanced Pavement Technology

  • Modeled Flow Duration Variations, Pollutant Discharges, and Costs for Different Stormwater Controls

    ABSTRACTRunoff volume and pollutant discharges increase with development, with associated detrimental receiving water effects. These increases can be partially controlled by installing stormwater control practices, such as wet detention pond at outfalls, using conservation design controls such as grass swales and bioretention devices, and by improved development practices that reduce the amounts ...

  • Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP)

    Storm water is the result of rain or snow melt that collects in an area that can drain from into a nearby body of waters such as a lake or river. The water can collect on roof tops, parking lots, saturated ground, roads, etc. The problem is that many of the pollutants of our modern living such as oil, grease, pesticides, sediment, salt, and animal waste are washed away within the storm water and ...

  • Lake Lenexa Stormwater Management Project

    Using cutting-edge technologies to significantly upgrade wastewater treatment in coastal areas, B&V Water helped Southern Water keep pace with the requirements of new UK and EU legislation. B&V Water took an innovative approach to turn stormwater management into a recreational park in Lenexa, Kansas, and offer communities globally a successful integrated stormwater strategy. As ...


    By Black & Veatch Corporation

  • Evaluation of stormwater BMPs for implementing industrial stormwater permitting strategy

    This study assesses the performance of stormwater best management practices (BMPs) in industrial sectors and their effluent quality to facilitate the development of technology-based numerical effluent criteria. Generally, retention ponds outperform other BMP types for reducing total suspended solids, and media filter and wetland basins outperform other BMPs for metal removal. Detention basins ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A Comprehesive Approach to Performance Verification for Stormwater Treatment Systems

    In recent years, there have been several attempts to standardize field testing protocols to address the difficulty of comparing the performance of different stormwater treatment technologies tested under disparate field conditions and protocols. Following these protocols will enable a direct evaluation of a particular best management practice’s (BMP) ability to capture a specific pollutant load ...


  • Washington State DOE stormwater report - Case Study

    Fitesa, a non-wovens manufacturer in the state of Washington consistently tests stormwater but experienced problems meeting the stormwater standards for zinc and copper discharge. Zinc is used in galvanized metal, shingles, finishes in paints, and car tires—zinc iseverywhere. Copper is used in items such as in brake linings and pressure treated lumber. At sites near heavily traveled roads, ...

  • The 7 Tips for Highly Effective Stormwater Management By-Laws

    ABSTRACT The Stormwater Phase II Final Rule, which applies to small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) in “urbanized areas”, requires communities across the country to adopt local legislation that will control the harmful effects of stormwater runoff and prohibit non-stormwater pollution from entering the drainage system. Adopting a thoughtful and comprehensive stormwater by-law ...

  • Alternatives for Finding Illicit Discharges to Stormwater Systems

    ABSTRACT Provisions of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for stormwater discharges require that permits for municipal separate storm sewers systems (MS4s) shall include a requirement to effectively prohibit problematic non-storm water discharges into storm sewers. Emphasis is placed on the elimination of inappropriateconnections to urban storm drains. ...

  • The impact of intentional stormwater infiltration on soil and groundwater

    ABSTRACTStormwater infiltration is a principle which is more and more utilized on urban sites in France. However, given the characteristics of urban surfaces, and notably the amounts of the different pollutants that stormwater is likely to contain, it is important to try to assess the impact of intentional stormwater infiltration systems on the soil, and on groundwater. To try to answer that ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Measuring the Effectiveness of Watershed-Based General Stormwater Permitting

    ABSTRACTThe U.S. EPA and most water resources professionals advocate holistic and adaptive watershed management approaches to the protection and restoration of aquatic ecosystems by encouraging pollution control strategies that are developed through collaborative partnerships within a hydrologic boundary. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of the holistic adaptive management approach through ...

  • Stormwater and Spill Management at an Iron Pipe Foundry in Texas

    ABSTRACTLarge industrial sites have had permits for storm water discharges under the NPDES program of the Clean Water Act since the mid to late 80’s. Recent emphasis has been placed on regulated facilities to prepare and implement Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans under the Oil Pollution Prevention Act (40 CFR 112). A large iron pipe foundry in Texas has several storm ...

  • How to Plan Stormwater Management for Urban Areas

    Water is a vital commodity in our lives, but it is possible to have too much water all at once in our lives, especially following violent storms or snow melt. This excess water, lying on the ground, swelling rivers, canals and drains to over-capacity is known as stormwater. In order to make the best use of this water, local authorities need to safely contain stormwater while any ...


    By Liquivault

  • Retrofitting an Existing Stormwater System to Meet Numerical Effluent Limits - Stormwater Management at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

    ABSTRACTOwned and operated by the Port of Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (STIA) is the 28th busiest airport in the world. A Section 401 Water Quality Certification was issued to the Port to allow its expansion projects to proceed. This certification required existing portions of the airport be retrofitted to meet current stormwater standards. In addition, the Port’s renewed NPDES ...

  • Developing a Stormwater Infrastructure Geospatial Database for a Large Non-Traditional MS4 System

     ABSTRACT The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is a state agency which owns and maintains parks, conservation and watershed land, and roadways. They are regulated as a non-traditional MS4 stormwater municipality under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II program. To satisfy the ...

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