Utilizing a Wetland System for Urban Stormwater Management

by Charles H. King, Jr., Greiner Engineering Sciences Inc, Tampa, FL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water for Resource Development


The many benefits of utilizing wetland systems as an integral part of an urban stormwater management plan include flood protection (detention), water quality enhancement, and upgrading and protection of fish and wildlife habitat. Other advantages include the opportunity to use such areas for public recreation and environmental education purposes. Sawgrass Lake/John A. Anderson Environmental Education Park in Pinellas County, Florida, has been highly successful as a water management system, recreation area, and environmental education center. Sawgrass Lake and its associated 340-acre wetland is within a 6. 2-square-mile drainage area characterized by rapid urban development. Inflow to the system originates from two highly developed tributaries of the Pinellas Park Water Management District. For many years, the wetland area had been encroached upon from all sides by highway and development projects. However, foresight and understanding by members of the Southwest Florida Water Management District and its sub-basin board led to acquisition of the wetlands for creation of a total urban water management plan with multi-purpose uses.

Subject Headings: Stormwater management | Education | Wetlands (fresh water) | Urban development | Parks | Resource management | Municipal water | Urban areas | Florida | United States

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