Long-Term Effects of Urban Stormwater on Wetlands

by Richard R. Horner, King County Resource Planning, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Design of Urban Runoff Quality Controls


In 1986 scientists and managers associated with local, state, and federal agencies that have wetland protection and stormwater management responsibilities in the region joined to consider the need for research on the relationships between urban stormwater and wetlands. This group served and still serves as a technical advisory committee for what became known as the Puget Sound Wetlands and Stormwater Management Research Program. King County is staffing and coordinating the program, drawing on funding and other support provided by a number of the participants. The broad questions initially stated by this group were: 1. What impacts on wetland ecosystems and their functions could be associated with their use for storing urban stormwater? 2. What are the potential water quality benefits to downstream receiving waters of draining urban stormwater through wetlands?

Subject Headings: Water quality | Urban areas | Stormwater management | Wetlands (fresh water) | Municipal water | Waste treatment | Managers | Federal government

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