Stormwater Management Articles

  • Hurricanes Harvey and Irma highlight need for regulating developments

    There’s a lingering image of the American Frontier where a calm breeze blows through endless prairies of tall grass, and “the skies are not cloudy all day.” ...


    By Hamilton Kent

  • Impact of floods, hurricanes and storms

    What happens to the water network in the wake of hurricanes and floods? Just days after Hurricane Harvey dumped over 50 inches of rain on the American state of Texas causing the deaths of 60 people and delivering billions of dollars worth of damage to homes and property, Hurricane Irma has wreaked havoc in the Caribbean with the most powerful Atlantic storm in recorded history. ...


    By Detectronic Ltd

  • What too much water can do to your collection systems

    In areas with a high water table, or for cities more prone to flooding, your underground infrastructure can become inundated with groundwater and stormwater. And despite stormwater systems being built for this type of collection, there are a number of things that can go wrong for both types of collection systems underground—and above ground—that can lead to contamination or degraded ...


    By Hamilton Kent

  • Climate resilience strategies of Beijing and Copenhagen and their links to sustainability

    Like numerous other cities, Beijing and Copenhagen are experiencing more frequent urban flooding due to increased impervious cover and climate change. Consequently, huge investments are foreseen to maintain resilience. Analyses of planning documents and interviews with key stakeholders reveal that in their climate resilience strategies both cities do employ alternative approaches based on ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Flood forecasting within urban drainage systems using NARX neural network

    Urbanization activity and climate change increase the runoff volumes, and consequently the surcharge of the urban drainage systems (UDS). In addition, age and structural failures of these utilities limit their capacities, and thus generate hydraulic operation shortages, leading to flooding events. The large increase in floods within urban areas requires rapid actions from the UDS operators. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The influence of particle size on the first flush strength of urban stormwater runoff

    The presence of a first flush (FF) of suspended solids (SS) in stormwater runoff has important implications for the design of treatment facilities, as does the particle size of solids. Whilst numerous studies have examined the FF behaviour of SS, few have disaggregated FF trends by particle size. In this study, the FF behaviour of SS was investigated in five size ranges, sampled from an urban ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Investigation into the long-term stormwater pollution removal efficiency of bioretention systems

    In recent years, there has been a steady increase in the number of bioretention systems installed worldwide. However, there has only been limited research on the long-term effectiveness of these sustainable urban drainage system devices. This paper presents the results of a series of controlled field experiments investigating the pollutant removal efficiency of three, 10-year-old, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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

  • Info-Gap robustness pathway method for transitioning of urban drainage systems under deep uncertainties

    In the urban water cycle, there are different ways of handling stormwater runoff. Traditional systems mainly rely on underground piped, sometimes named ‘gray’ infrastructure. New and so-called ‘green/blue’ ambitions aim for treating and conveying the runoff at the surface. Such concepts are mainly based on ground infiltration and temporal storage. In this work a methodology to create and ...


    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

  • Cedar springs Presbyterian church parking improvements - Knoxville, Tennessee - Case Study

    The Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church low-impact parking improvements project began as an addition to meet the Church’s parking needs and to provide a new site entrance to improve access and traffic circulation within the Church campus. The desire to develop the property as good stewards and include “green” or sustainable design practices led to the decision for this 169 -space, ...


    By Presto Geosystems

  • Taking advantage of stormwater, a plentiful, free resource

    As the saying goes, when it rains, it pours. Rain and snow and other types of precipitation are a resource more organizations would be wise to take advantage of as water scarcity increases around the globe. Stormwater, precipitation that isn’t absorbed into the ground, is a freely available resource, but is there enough of it to make a difference? The amount of runoff varies from storm ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • What is stormwater?

    Stormwater runoff, water that isn’t absorbed into the ground after a weather event, is a potential water source that cities across the world have struggled with for decades. Why is coping with it such a challenge? Whether the precipitation is water or ice, its addition to the environment can be a problem, especially when a lot of it falls in a short amount of time. When this occurs in ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Get More Out of Water Resources Engineering Models

    by Venu Kandiah, PhD, P.E. Senior Water Resources Engineer The effort required to develop water resources engineering models can be significant. But once developed, in many instances the models are only evaluated for a limited, or a single set of conditions. The results and predictions obtained from these evaluations are the ones used in design, presented in reports and ...


    By XP Solutions

  • 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

  • Modeling BMP’s in Sensitive Areas with xpswmm - King’s Beach Watershed Improvement Project - Case Study

    Introduction Located on the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe (the Lake) is the largest alpine lake in North America. It is known for its scenic beauty and outstanding lake clarity. However, the clarity of the Lake has been declining since the mid-1960s because of the deposition of fine particles and nutrients from urban runoff and the growth of aquatic organisms that feed off the ...


    By XP Solutions

  • Master Plan of Drainage for Redlands - Using advanced storm drain modeling techniques to identify historical flooding issues - Case Study

    The city of Redlands, California, has a long history of flooding during moderate to severe storm events. The historic downtown area resides just downstream of the confluence of four major tributaries. The four tributaries run into a single storm drain under Redlands Boulevard, which routes flows through the downtown. The existing capacity of the current facility is approximately 2,000 cu ft per ...


    By XP Solutions

  • Get more out of Water Resources Engineering Models

    The effort required to develop water resources engineering models can be significant. But once developed, in many instances the models are only evaluated for a limited, or a single set of conditions. The results and predictions obtained from these evaluations are the ones used in design, presented in reports and conveyed to decision makers and the public. This approach might serve ...


    By XP Solutions

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