Urban Stormwater Management in the United States

Urban Stormwater Management in the United States

by Committee on Reducing Stormwater Discharge Contributions to Water Pollution, National Research Council
     
 

ISBN-10: 0309125391

ISBN-13: 9780309125390

Pub. Date: 02/17/2009

Publisher: National Academies Press

The rapid conversion of land to urban and suburban areas has profoundly altered how water flows during and following storm events, putting higher volumes of water and more pollutants into the nation's rivers, lakes, and estuaries. These changes have degraded water quality and habitat in virtually every urban stream system. The Clean Water Act regulatory framework

Overview

The rapid conversion of land to urban and suburban areas has profoundly altered how water flows during and following storm events, putting higher volumes of water and more pollutants into the nation's rivers, lakes, and estuaries. These changes have degraded water quality and habitat in virtually every urban stream system. The Clean Water Act regulatory framework for addressing sewage and industrial wastes is not well suited to the more difficult problem of stormwater discharges.

This book calls for an entirely new permitting structure that would put authority and accountability for stormwater discharges at the municipal level. A number of additional actions, such as conserving natural areas, reducing hard surface cover (e.g., roads and parking lots), and retrofitting urban areas with features that hold and treat stormwater, are recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309125390
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
02/17/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
610
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

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