From Standard Handbook of Environmental Engineering, Second Edition
F. X. Browne, Ph.D., P.E*



Stormwater management encompasses all elements of the hydrologic cycle but focuses on how humans affect the production, movement, and control of surface runoff. In a natural system, the rate of surface runoff is controlled by the rainfall rate, soil conditions, vegetation, and subsurface geology.

Urbanization creates large impervious areas that increase the quantity and peak rate of runoff. Rainfall then washes deposited materials directly into surface waters, causing stream pollution. Organics create oxygen demands, nutrients accelerate lake eutrophication, and heavy metals accumulate in bottom sediments.

Environmental engineers use modern stormwater management practices to employ natural and manmade systems to minimize environmental damage. A complete stormwater management program contains many elements, including on-site infiltration and detention, collection and transport systems, regional flood control, and major stream channel improvements (Figure 7.1).

Figure 7.1: Elements of the total stormwater system.

In years past, sanitary wastes and stormwater were collected in the same (combined) sewer. During heavy rainfall, the sewers would overflow, creating water pollution problems. Many of these combined sewers have been separated, and the remaining overflows are treated as point sources. Stormwater management practices are used to lessen the requirements and costs for combined sewer overflow treatment facilities.

[*]This chapter was prepared in association with Debra Baker; Robert C. Borden, Ph.D., P.E.; Robert W. Feild; and Charles J. Newell, Ph.D., P.E. as employees of F. X. Browne Associates, Inc.


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