Controlling the Impacts of Development on Storm Water Quality through Proper Site Planning and Design

by Jill C. Bicknell, (M.ASCE),
Lisa Horowitz McCann,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


Land development and construction activities can significantly alter drainage patterns, increase runoff peak flow and volume, and contribute pollutants to storm water runoff. Federal and State regulations require municipalities to control the impacts of development and construction activity on storm water quality. To assist municipalities in complying with these regulations, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) staff prepared Staff Recommendations for New and Redevelopment Controls for Storm Water Programs in 1994. The Staff Recommendations present policies and practices that should be included in municipal storm water programs, including watershed protection policies, site planning measures, and best management practices (BMPs) for development projects to protect storm water quality.

Subject Headings: Municipal water | Stormwater management | Water quality | Quality control | Water policy | Water pollution | Best Management Practice | Soil pollution

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