Research Area: Stormwater

Our Objective

WE&RF will evaluate how stormwater best management practices (BMPs) can affect water quality in streams, rivers, lakes, estuaries and other water bodies. We will provide simple spreadsheet screening tools as well as more comprehensive model-based products that stormwater managers, consultants, and others can use to make decisions on selection and design of effective BMP systems that achieve measurable improvements in water quality.



Latest News

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Releases New Story Map on Atmospheric Rivers
This story map describes the efforts of NOAA Research to better understand atmospheric rivers, their impacts on communities, and provide essential information to forecast and prepare for these events. 
Registration is Open for the Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems Workshop
The workshop is held in partnership with the Water Research Foundation, US Water Alliance, California Water Environment Association, and the National Water Research Institute.
WE&RF Awards Research Contract to Standardize Tracking and Reporting of International Stormwater BMP Database
- The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) recently awarded a research contract to Wright Water Engineers, Inc., in association with Geosyntec Consultants, for Standardized BMP Maintenance Tracking and Report Protocols (SIWM22T17), in support of the “Data Analysis and Standardization” task of the CLASIC (Community-Enabled Lifecycle Analysis of Stormwater Infrastructure Costs) project.
WE&RF Research Will Help Communities with Green and Gray Infrastructure Planning
WE&RF recently awarded a contract to Geosyntec Consultants in association with Wright Water Engineers, Inc. for a research project entitled Data Analysis and Standardization to Support “Community-Enabled Lifecycle Analysis of Stormwater Infrastructure Costs (CLASIC)" (LCASW7R16).
Research to Facilitate the Recognition of Green Infrastructure Co-Benefits
WE&RF seeks competitive proposals for research to quantify the multiple benefits of implementing green infrastructure (GI) and to evaluate its economic, environmental/ecological, and social values.

Products & Tools

International Stormwater BMP Database: 2016 Summary Statistics (03-SW-1COh)
Provides a summary of BMP performance for total suspended solids, nutrients, metals, and bacteria for the most commonly monitored and reported BMP types available in the 2016 release of the International BMP Database.
Drivers, Hindrances, Planning, and Benefits Quantification: Economic Pathways and Partners for Water Reuse and Stormwater Harvesting (SIWM8R14)
This report focuses on the drivers, hindrances, and planning of water reuse projects and reports on how utilities that have and have not built reuse projects see them differently.
Stream Restoration as a BMP: Crediting Guidance (WERF1T13)
This Crediting Guidance provides a general technical framework for quantifying the water quality benefits of a specific suite of stream restoration practices, focusing on sediment and nutrients.
Framework for a National Testing and Evaluation Program Based Upon the National Stormwater Testing and Evaluation for Products and Practices (STEPP) Initiative (INFR2R14)
Provides recommendations on potential program design components to be considered for the National Stormwater Testing and Evaluation for Products and Practices (STEPP) initiative and addresses both general programmatic and individual program aspects.
User’s Guide to the WERF BMP Toolkit Framework Version 2.1 (SWC1R06F2T)
The Framework is a comprehensive, advanced toolbox for watershed modelers that can be used for detailed planning and conceptual design of BMP systems and watershed management plans.