The challenge of maintaining stormwater control measures: A synthesis of recent research and practitioner experience

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Abstract

The methods for properly executing inspection and maintenance of stormwater control measures are often ambiguous and inconsistently applied. This paper presents specific guidelines for inspecting and maintaining stormwater practices involving media filtration, infiltration, ponds, and permeable pavements because these tend to be widely implemented and often unsatisfactorily maintained. Guidelines and examples are based on recent scientific research and practitioner experience. Of special note are new assessment and maintenance methods, such as testing enhanced filtration media that targets dissolved constituents, maintaining proper vegetation coverage in infiltration practices, assessing phosphorus release from pond sediments, and the development of compressed impermeable regions in permeable pavements and their implications for runoff. Inspection and maintenance examples provided in this paper are drawn from practical examples in Northern Midwest USA, but most of the maintenance recommendations do not depend on regional characteristics, and guidance from around the world has been reviewed and cited herein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number3666
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume10
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 13 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: A portion of this research was managed by David Fairbairn of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency through funding from the Minnesota Clean Water Council. Funding for the first author was provided by the National Science Foundation (grant number 00039202).

Funding Information:
A portion of this research was managed by David Fairbairn of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency through funding from the Minnesota Clean Water Council. Funding for the first author was provided by the National Science Foundation (grant number 00039202). The authors wish to thank John Carlon, Shahram Missaghi and Ross Bintner, who agreed to be interviewed for this article. The authors also wish to thank the three anonymous reviewers that provided feedback and suggestions on the manuscript.

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Best management practice
  • Filtration
  • Green infrastructure
  • Infiltration
  • Maintenance
  • Permeable pavement
  • Retention pond
  • Stormwater
  • Stormwater control measure
  • Sustainable drainage system
  • Treatment

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