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

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.
WE&RF Subscriber Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works Featured for Impact on Watershed
Anne Arundel County's protection and restoration program and its impact on watersheds is explored in this Municipal Sewer & Water Magazine article.
One Water Spotlight: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
The November 2016 One Water Spotlight explores green infrastructure in the Milwaukee region.
EPA Launches New Guide for Long-Term Stormwater Planning, Names Five Pilot Communities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a package of tools to help communities plan long-term strategies for managing stormwater pollution. EPA’s tools promote the use of flexible solutions that spur economic growth, stimulate infrastructure investments, and help compliance with environmental requirements.

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.