Retrofitting Storm Water Facilities for Quantity and Quality Controlby Stuart G. Walesh, Valparaiso Univ, Valparaiso, United States,
Document Type: Proceeding Paper
Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions
Historically, urban storm water detention facilities in the U.S. were first designed, constructed and operated for the single purpose of urban flood control. In the second phase, recreation and aesthetic features were designed into new facilities. U.S. engineering practice is now entering the third phase where water quality features are being incorporated. The paper summarizes the preceding history and suggests that many existing storm water detention facilities can be retrofitted to improve quantity control, add quality control, improve operation and maintenance, reduce safety hazards, enhance aesthetic attributes and add recreation features. Examples, most based on actual facilities, are cited.
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