Stormwater Studies and Alternatives in Atlanta

by Robert F. Holbrook, Sr. Process Engr.; Jordan, Jones, and Goulding, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.; formerly, Project Engr., Black, Crow, and Eidsness, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.,
Herbert I. Miller, Process Engr.; Jordan, Jones, and Goulding, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.,
Billy G. Turner, Assoc.; Jordan, Jones, and Goulding, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.,
Armando I. Perez, (A.M.ASCE), Project Engr.; Post, Buckley, Schuh, and Jernigan, Inc., Miami, Fla.; formerly, Project Engr., Black, Crow, and Eidsness, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.,


Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 6, Pg. 1263-1277


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: To identify the contribution of pollutants from urban runoff, a sampling program was established on four small streams in suburban areas of Atlanta. Approximately 100 runoff samples was collected during 15 summer storm events and the Corps of Engineers' STORM model was calibrated using the quality, quantity, and land-use information obtained. The calibrated model was then utilized to predict pollutant loads (present and future) from 90 watersheds covering the Atlanta Urban area. Synthetic curves were developed to represent discharges from the 10 combined sewer overflows in the Atlanta area. These curves, along with specific site information, were used to identify treatment alternatives. Alternatives were screened and storage volumes and treatment capacities were chosen based on site availability, maximum removal of BOD5 and suspended solids, and public acceptance. Costs were assigned to alternatives at each overflow site and alternatives were chosen based upon cost-effectiveness.

Subject Headings: Stormwater management | Overflow | Curvature | Pollutants | Calibration | Runoff | Storms | Water pollution | Urban areas | North America | Georgia | United States | Atlanta

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