Three Towns: Three Different Solutions to Stormwater Control

by Charles F. Hemming, News Editor; CIVIL ENGINEERING—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 9, Pg. 65-68

Document Type: Feature article


That an engineer is a creative solver of people-problems was shown in Kentucky, where a consultant designed stormwater control systems in three towns — and came up with three different solutions. The three: at Owenboro — improve the existing stormwater ditches (the town is relatively flat and a dam would not be economically feasible). At Wilmore — add detention basins, because the land is gently rollings, there is open space available for water shortage and the upstream watershed is small in area so not much reservoir capacity is needed. At Perryville — construct flood control walls adjacent to the developed city area (upstream drainage area is so large that a detention basin would take too much land, too many dollars).

Subject Headings: Stormwater management | Consulting services | Control systems | Detention basins | Rivers and streams | Dams | Economic factors | Water shortage | Kentucky | United States

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