Retrofitting Storm Water Facilities for Quantity and Quality Control

by Stuart G. Walesh, Valparaiso Univ, Valparaiso, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource?In Search of Solutions


Historically, urban storm water detention facilities in the U.S. were first designed, constructed and operated for the single purpose of urban flood control. In the second phase, recreation and aesthetic features were designed into new facilities. U.S. engineering practice is now entering the third phase where water quality features are being incorporated. The paper summarizes the preceding history and suggests that many existing storm water detention facilities can be retrofitted to improve quantity control, add quality control, improve operation and maintenance, reduce safety hazards, enhance aesthetic attributes and add recreation features. Examples, most based on actual facilities, are cited.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Stormwater management | Municipal water | Recreational facilities | Water-based recreation | Urban areas | Rehabilitation

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