Adapting BMPs to California Hydrology and Climatology

by Larry A. Roesner, Camp Dresser & Mckee Inc, Orlando, United States,
Gary Minton, Camp Dresser & Mckee Inc, Orlando, United States,
John Aldrich, Camp Dresser & Mckee Inc, Orlando, United States,
Malcolm Walker, Camp Dresser & Mckee Inc, Orlando, United States,
Geoff Brosseau, Camp Dresser & Mckee Inc, Orlando, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Hydrology

Abstract: The State of California has the most diverse hydrology and climatology in the United States. It boasts the highest and lowest elevations in the continental U.S. and annual rainfall varies from over 100 inches/year to less than 1 inch/year. The authors, as part of a consulting team, were charged with developing a Best Management Practice (BMP) Manual that would be applicable to all areas of California. Particularly challenging was the adaptation of BMP design criteria to arid climate conditions, and to conditions where the predominant rainfall period is the winter or non-growth season, since most of the BMP design criteria have been developed from prototype experience in higher rainfall areas (e.g. Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Florida, and Metropolitan Seattle).

Subject Headings: Hydrology | Best Management Practice | Climates | Rainfall | Urban areas | Team building | Consulting services | Arid lands | North America | United States | California | Washington | Florida | Seattle

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