Stormwater Management in Orlando, Florida

by David W. Zeno, City of Orlando, Orlando, FL, USA,
Carla N. Palmer, City of Orlando, Orlando, FL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Urban Runoff Quality: Impact and Quality Enhancement Technology


Metropolitan Orlando, Florida contains 82 lakes and approximately 200 drainage wells which serve as ultimate outfall for stormwater runoff. The quality of the surface receiving waters has been deteriorating while groundwater has not shown the deleterious effects of drainage wells. Orlando has established ordinances requiring pollution control and hydrograph attenuation in new developments. The City is utilizing best management practices as well as innovative techniques to retrofit systems for pollution control in the built-out neighborhoods. The City has developed a plan to monitor drain wells for water quality and is implementing a lake enhancement program. This paper discusses administration, costs, ownership, monitoring, possible solutions and results of its stormwater management programs.

Subject Headings: Stormwater management | Urban areas | Municipal water | Drainage wells | Water quality | Water pollution | Wells (water) | Florida | United States | Orlando

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