We’ve periodically covered the International Stormwater BMP Database in Stormwater, including in this article in our current issue.
As many of you know who have used the database or contributed to it, it’s a huge project begun about 16 years ago under a cooperative agreement between the American Society of Civil Engineers and the US Environmental Protection Agency, and supported by a number of agencies and organizations including the Water Environment Research Foundation, the American Society of Civil Engineers Environmental and Water Resources Institute, the Federal Highway Administration, the American Public Works Association, and EPA. Database maintenance and operation, including its web page, are handled by Wright Water Engineers and Geosyntec Consultants.
The database has steadily expanded and now contains data for nearly 500 BMP studies. A series of technical papers is available providing information on BMP performance for several stormwater parameters—nutrients, solids, metals, fecal indicator bacteria, and runoff volume.
The article in Stormwater contains brief overviews of each of the papers, and you can find links to the papers themselves here.
The database is also being expanded to include agricultural BMPs.
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April 5th, 2012
for Surface Water Quality (new date added)
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Sediment and Erosion Control
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April 26 th, 2012
BMP Nutrient Sources and Transformations -
How to Optimize Nutrient Removal in SCMs
Are your Stormwater Control Measures (SCMs) effectively removing nitrogen and phosphorus from runoff? Join Bill Lucas to explore how to select and design SCMs to improve nitrogen and phosphorus retention. After an overview of nitrogen and phosphorous forms, sources, and transformations, Lucas will discuss how nitrogen and phosphorus transformations can be optimized in SCMs; how to select and design SCMs for settings; and how to tailor these programs to meet TMDL requirements more cost effectively.