Design of Seepage Fields for Stormwater Disposal

by Stuart D. Wallace, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA,
Kenneth W. Potter, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Hydrology


Stricker Pond is a shallow twenty-acre kettle hole pond in south-central Wisconsin. The pond receives runoff from a closed watershed that is rapidly undergoing low density residential development. After considering alternatives, an underground seepage field was identified as a possible configuration. Utilizing a hydrologic model developed in a previous study, a seepage field was designed and implemented. The hydrologic model indicated that the design would substantially mitigate the effects of increased stormwater runoff on the pond water levels, however, initial measurements of the effectiveness of the field indicate higher efficiencies. Guidelines for the design and implementation of similar structures are developed.

Subject Headings: Ponds | Hydraulic design | Seepage | Stormwater management | Field tests | Runoff | Permeability (soil) | Density currents | Wisconsin | United States

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