Flood Management for Small Urban Streams

by William Whipple, Jr., (F.ASCE), Dir.; Water Resources Research Inst., Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, N.J.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 2, Pg. 315-324

Document Type: Journal Paper


Experiences in Princeton, N.J. are drawn on to analyze flood problems of small urban streams, including building in flood plains, increased floods due to urbanization, and accentuated erosion tendencies. A detailed survey and flood analysis were very beneficial, followed by flood plain zoning, and a requirement for flood detention storage by developers. Culverts now too small to handle increased floods constitute a defense against erosion also caused by the floods. Reconsideration of criteria for culvert design in such situations would be valuable. Federal programs fall short of meeting the rather complex problems in small urbanizing watershed.

Subject Headings: Flood plains | Floods | Urban development | Rivers and streams | Erosion | Culverts | Municipal water | River bank stabilization

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