Shop Creek Stormwater Quality Enhancement Project

by Kevin Wegener, City of Aurora, Aurora, United States,
James R. Kunkel, City of Aurora, Aurora, United States,
James T. Wulliman, City of Aurora, Aurora, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


The advent of NPDES regulations for stormwater discharges creates a need to verify, on a regional basis, the effectiveness of emerging water-quality control technologies such as extended detention ponds, wetlands, and infiltration basins. The construction of the Shop Creek water quality enhancement project, which uses a combination of these three treatment technologies, was completed in July 1989. This project, located in a 640-acre urban watershed draining into Cherry Creek Reservoir in southwest Denver, is one of the first in Colorado to be designed and constructed with a specific water-quality treatment objective. This paper describes the design, construction, operation, and monitoring of the Shop Creek project in its initial year of operation. The description includes an overview of the purpose of the project, an examination of the design features of the facilities, and a description of the monitoring program.

Subject Headings: Recharge basins | Rivers and streams | Stormwater management | Retention basins | Construction management | Water pollution | Water quality | Drainage systems | Colorado | United States | Denver

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