Benefit/Cost Analysis of Stormwater Detention Systems

by Richard H. McCuen, Univ. of Maryland, United States,
Glenn E. Moglen, Univ. of Maryland, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Optimizing the Resources for Water Management


In the past, detention basins have been designed to control peak discharge rates. However, there is considerable interest in using the detention basin for control of nonpoint source pollution. The cost of the pollution associated with increases in both erosion and nonpoint source pollutants must be recognized. While the technical details of detention basin design are reasonably well established, there are many unanswered questions related to the economics of detention basin design for flood and water quality control. To approach these problems, a framework was developed for evaluating the economic benefits of water quality control using detention basins.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Stormwater management | System analysis | Detention basins | Water pollution | Nonpoint pollution | Economic factors | Retention basins

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