Research Area: Stormwater

Our Objective

WRF 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

Stormwater and Forestry Project Survey
WRF’s project, Incorporating Forestry into Stormwater Management Programs: State of the Science and Business Model Evaluation for Nutrient Reduction and Volume Control (#SIWM12C15), is conducting research to better understand the role and impact of trees/forests in stormwater management programs. If your utility has a stormwater program, please take this brief survey.
WE&RF Awards Research Contract to Integrate Green Infrastructure into Stormwater Management Planning
WE&RF recently awarded a contract to Corona Environmental Consulting with Kennedy/Jenks as a team member to begin research on a project entitled Framework and Tools for Quantifying Green Infrastructure Co-Benefits and Linking with Triple Bottom Line Analysis.
Integrated Water Management Survey
Researchers from Colorado State University are conducting a short survey of financial officers to assess the state of financing sustainable water practices in water service organizations. 
WE&RF Awards Research Contract to Examine Urban Tree Systems on Stormwater Quality
WE&RF awarded a contract to Kansas State University to begin research on Incorporating Forestry into Stormwater Management Programs: State of the Science and Business Model Evaluation for Nutrient Reduction and Volume Control (SIWM12C15).
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. 

Products & Tools

User’s Guide for Integrated Stormwater and Wastewater Planning (SIWM9R14)
Provides information that communities should consider in determining if an integrated plan is right for their community.
Agricultural Best Management Practices Database (AgBMPDB): Version 2.0 Data Summary (SIWM14T16)
Provides a summary of agricultural BMP performance data available in the second release of the Agricultural Best Management Practice Database (AgBMPDB).
Agricultural Best Management Practices Database (AgBMPDB): Version 2.0 Data Summary (SIWM15T16)
Provides a summary of agricultural BMP performance data available in the second release of the Agricultural Best Management Practice Database (AgBMPDB).
Stream Restoration BMP Database: Version 1.0 Summary Report (U5R14)
Summarizes findings of the first release of the Stream Restoration Database (SRDB) and integrates findings from a literature review and from the WE&RF report Stream Restoration as a BMP: Crediting Guidance (WERF1T13).
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.