Stormwater Management Articles

  • Should I Sweep My Parking Lot When It Rains?

    Rain can put a damper on many of your activities. But during the rainy season, a lot of people make the mistake of canceling their regular sweeping services, and this does more harm than good, not only for your parking lot but also the environment. ...


    By Schwarze Industries, Inc.

  • Stormwater Channel Embankment Protection - Case study

    City's Relocation and Floodplain Management Project Included Embankment Protection at Culvert Outflows Appteton, Wisconsin -- The GEORUNNER flow protection mats, manufactured by local Appleton company, Presto Geosystems, was employed as additional embankment stability on the channel alignment project. The Apple Creek Relocation and Floodplain Management Project includes ...


    By Presto Geosystems

  • Jakarta Is World’s Fastest-Sinking City

    A trio of factors is contributing to the area’s rapid subsidence The South African city of Cape Town has been gaining international attention for its impending Day Zero water crisis, but many other cities around the world are ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • April Q&A: on the road with Randy Reimer

    Welcome to On the Road with Randy Reimer, a Q&A series featuring Hamilton Kent’s Director of Sales. Each month we’ll chat with Randy about current news in underground infrastructure and how it affects our customers in the industry. From big cities to small ...


    By Hamilton Kent

  • Numerical modeling on sediment capture in catch basins

    Catch basins are designed to convey surface runoff into sewer systems. They are also found to be effective in retaining sediments. A number of factors can influence catch basin sediment capture efficiency, such as sediment size distribution, flow hydraulics and catch basin design. To better understand the influence of these factors, numerical simulations using the Eulerian-Lagrangian method ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • What are the storm water treatment areas and how is it beneficial for the beneficiaries?

    Safe drinking water is going scarce all around the world for the growing population and pollution! Increased rates of water usage in industrial as well as residential areas are the specific reasons behind this. Billions of people are away from easy access to safe drinking water. Apart from this, water borne illness has turned as one of the leading cause for growing the death rates. Lack of clean ...

  • Synergistic benefits between stormwater management measures and a new pricing system for stormwater in the City of Hamburg

    Hamburg is a growing metropolitan city. The increase in sealed surfaces of about 0.36% per year and the subsequent increased runoff impacts on the city's wastewater infrastructure. Further potential risks to the drainage infrastructure arise also from effects of climate change, e.g. increased intensity and frequency of heavy rainfalls. These challenges were addressed in the Rain InfraStructure ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Private Residence, Westmount, QC - Case Study

    Project Name: Private Residence Driveway Products: Grasspave2 Applications: Porous grass paver driveway City: Westmount ...


    By Invisible Structures, Inc.

  • Characterising urban zinc generation to identify surface pollutant hotspots in a low intensity rainfall climate

    Characterising stormwater runoff quality provides useful insights into the dynamics of pollutant generation and wash off rates. These can be used to prioritise stormwater management strategies. This study examined the effects of a low intensity rainfall climate on zinc contributions from different impermeable urban surface types. First flush (FF) and steady state samples were collected from ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Building Box Culverts with Articulated Cable Concrete Block Systems

    When you need to manage the flow of water in an area with streams, heavy rainfall or otherwise consistently wet conditions, the box culvert stands the test of time. Box culverts have been around for many years for a good reason: they can be excellent tools for directing and controlling water so it doesn’t cause erosion and interfere with roads, trails or other manmade structures that need ...

  • Reuse turns stormwater runoff from a problem to an asset

    With so much concern about water scarcity around the world, it seems a no-brainer that rain is a good thing. But nothing’s perfect. Even something as beneficial as precipitation can have its downsides. One problem, of course, is flooding. Another problem you may not have thought of comes with stormwater runoff in urban settings. What’s the problem? In cities, buildings and pavement ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Phipps Conservatory Event Parking - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Case Study

    GEOBLOCK grass porous pavement system accommodates 100 vehicles during peak events. In 2007, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the ‘Green Heart of Pittsburgh’ added a new green overflow parking area on its Schenley Park campus. With an added volume of visitors expected during the Chihuly at Phipps: Gardens & Glass event, the already busy facility ...


    By Presto Geosystems

  • Fighting saltwater intrusion into groundwater supplies

    As freshwater supplies around the world diminish, human intervention is needed to protect existing sources to slow the onset of water scarcity. One ongoing struggle is to preserve the water in underground aquifers, which cities often rely on for drinking water. Intrusion of saltwater into these underground supplies is rendering them unfit for consumption or irrigation. The rock and soil that ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Productivity Gains in Stormwater Design

    For some engineering consultants, traditional stormwater pond design can be one of the most frequent projects within their services portfolio. An engineer with prior experience can size and produce plans with assistance from modeling software, AutoCAD, and supporting tools with relative ease. But even very routine projects can benefit from modeling software improvements. McBade Engineers and ...


    By XP Solutions

  • Storm Water Master Plan development employing an integrated 1D/2D model for the Redwood Basin in Josephine County, Oregon - Case Study

    The use of two-dimensional (2D) storm water models has increased in recent years primarily due to advances in software, hardware and the availability of surface data. These advances allow for robust and diverse applications including basinwide storm water assessments. Storm water master planning is a critical element for the development of state and local agency comprehensive plans, capital ...


    By XP Solutions

  • Stormwater Management Improvements Spurred by Low Impact Development Techniques

    Abstract A concept first advanced in 19901, evidence of Low Impact Development (LID) can now be seen across North America. Like many infrastructure transformations, this growth in LID design has benefitted from regulatory changes; compliance versus cost remains an important motivator in any ...


    By Nilex

  • An exploratory study of the effects of stormwater pipeline materials on transported stormwater quality

    Implications of three sewer pipe materials (concrete, galvanized corrugated steel, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC)) for stormwater quality were explored in laboratory experiments, in which three types of stormwater, SW1–SW3, were circulated in 0.5 m long sewer pipe sections. SW1 and SW2 represented synthetic rainwater, without and with fine street sediment added (CTSS = 150 mg/L), respectively, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Urban waste- and stormwater management in Greece: past, present and future

    Urban wastewater and storm management has a long history which coincides with the appearance of the first organized human settlements (ca. 3500 BC). It began in prehistoric Crete during the Early Bronze Age (ca. 3200 BC) when many remarkable developments occurred in several stages known as Minoan civilization. One of its salient characteristics was the architecture and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • What’s Your “Big Mac”?

    Compost marketing entrepreneur grew a company that today uses over a million cubic yards of compost annually. Palletizable Filtrexx Soxx™ that did not slide when stacked on pallets allowed rapid advancement of palletization, which led to scale, which led to what Rod Tyler calls Filtrexx’s “Big Mac®.” Photo courtesy of Filtrexx International ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Fritz Sick Pool Cultec Parking Lot Rehabilitation

    Improper grading in the parking lot of the Fritz Sick Swimming Pool in Lethbridge, Alberta, led to stormwater flooding in the building and breakdown of the lot’s asphalt and subgrade. The consultant and contractor were open to an approach Nilex proposed, based on a complete solution of supply and installation with a rapid turnaround for design. The ability to respond quickly with a solid ...


    By Nilex

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