Elements of a Coastal Stormwater Drainage System

by Michael E. Meadows, Univ of South Carolina, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


Several elements in the design of a stormwater drainage system that outfalls to the ocean are discussed. The paper discusses a study conducted of the Ocean Lakes Watershed near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The study found that the design and operation of coastal stormwater drainage systems are complicated by the watershed physical characteristics, high groundwater levels, tidal effects, and hydraulically interconnected ponds. A greater problem is the lack of well-documented, proven runoff prediction methods.

Subject Headings: Drainage systems | Hydraulic design | Coastal environment | Stormwater management | Hydraulic structures | Floods | Watersheds | Ocean engineering | South Carolina | United States

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