Stormwater as a Resource: Best Practices in Design, Construction, and Implementation
As California agencies recognize the importance of valuing stormwater as a resource, implementing Low Impact Development (LID) designs into new or rehabilitated infrastructure is becoming a standard practice. Since development of effective LID features and stormwater BMPs are relatively new to design and construction practices, it is important to share knowledge and BMPs as they come.
This presentation offers attendees practical BMPs derived from pilot programs and case studies throughout California. Further, the presentation will detail how to develop an integrated process combining a collaborative effort which involves conceptual, design, and construction personnel to work together to maximize efficacy of stormwater capture and recharge.
Presenters will give detailed tools and ask others what BMPs they’ve come across when developing stormwater infrastructure. Example tools include:
- Knowing your soils: a little research goes a long way
- Putting plants to work
- Drainage management area (DMA) planning
- Integration of complete streets with green streets
- Designing to maximize capture and infiltration
- Design spec and details – cost savings with local material
- Construction sequencing
- Mixing media for effective infiltration
- Construction considerations and pitfalls
Capturing stormwater in an effective manner and allowing it to recharge local aquifers and clean what flows into local streams and rivers benefits promotes local and global benefits: water resources are enhanced and our streams, rivers, and oceans see a reduction in pollutants. Effective stormwater BMPs allow agencies to maximize their positive impact on stormwater as it “Connects the Drops from Summit to Sea.”