"For various and often good reasons, there is a growing awareness of the need to handle stormwater and runoff with more focus on volume as a basis for design and decision making. It is making its way into America’s midsection and widely into the minds of regulators—federal, state, and local. The shift toward VBH is a good thing, and making the shift carefully and gracefully will help ensure its long-term effectiveness," concludes Andy Reese.
Handbook topics cover issues such as financing, operation and maintenance, incentives, designs, codes & ordinances, and a variety of other subjects. The handbook documents are intended to serve as "how to" manuals on these topics, written primarily from the standpoint of municipal implementation.
"The concept of sustainable urban drainage was introduced in the city of Malmö already in the late 1980s. Over the two decades the new drainage concept has been applied in Malmö, the technique has gradually been developed and further refined. This applies both to the physical planning and to the preferences regarding the technical configuration," wrote the late Peter Stahre when his book was published.
"Have you ever felt that justifying your detention design to a reviewing agency was a game of numbers? Do you have ways of making that marginal design look like a winner? Most engineers do," wrote Glenn E. Brooks in the September 2007 issue of Stormwater magazine.
According to Tom Holz, "The Department of Ecology apears to be on a path to continue using the same standard for development for the next five to eight years that has been used for the last decade. DOE calls it the 'flow-duration' standard. It more accurately should be described as the 0/100/100 standard. That is, DOE will require '0%' forest set-aside, will allow '100%' hardened surfaces, and will allow '100%' runoff of precipitation falling on a site."
Published by the Sonoma Valley Groundwater Management Program (north of San Francisco, California), this guidebook is intended to help landowners and homeowners make the most of the many potential benefits of innovative rainwater management.
Questions and Answers
In an article published in the September 2009 issue of Stormwater Magazine, Bruce Ferguson wrote that since 2005, he has saved 230 files of porous pavement questions conveyed in e-mails, telephone calls, and conference question-and-answer sessions.
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Convening for Action in the Okanagan
Held in Kelowna in October 2010, the ‘From Rain to Resource: Managing Stormwater in a Changing Climate Workshop‘ attracted almost 120 delegates from around British Columbia. Approximately half the audience came from the Okanagan/Interior. The other… &read more&
Seminar Program Promotes Collective Action
Brock Dolman is a watershed poet and advocate, though he didn’t set out to be either. After studying biology and environmental studies at University of California Santa Cruz, Dolman was working with endangered species when he… &read more&
Identify and Deal with Obstacles
Published by Stormwater Magazine in 2007. a 3-part series of articles focused on causes, effects, and remedies leading to the establishment and refinement of administrative procedures, professional trust, proactive approaches, and the elimination of plan… &read more&
A scenario comparison tool to assess green infrastructure effectiveness, achieve a lighter 'water footprint' and protect stream health. Learn More
The Water Conservation Calculator illustrates how specific water conservation measures can yield both fiscal and physical water savings for communities. Learn More
This Landscape Irrigation Scheduling Calculator uses real-time daily evapotranspiration (ET) rates determined from climate stations located within British Columbia. Learn More
This Agricultural Irrigation Scheduling Calculator uses real-time daily evapotranspiration (ET) rates determined from climate stations located within British Columbia. Learn More
The BC Agriculture Water Calculator enables water licensing for all irrigation purposes, whether agricultural or landscape. All non-domestic users of groundwater in BC are required to obtain a licence. Learn More