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

New Research on Green Infrastructure Incentives for Private Property
The Water Research Foundation has published new research to help utilities and municipalities incentivize the installation of green infrastructure (GI) on private property.
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).

Products & Tools

Crediting Water Quality Benefits from Stream Restoration: Implementation Case Studies and Potential for Crediting Guidance Application (SIWM17-17/4844)
This report highlights municipality experiences with the Chesapeake Bay Program stream restoration crediting protocols in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and examines feedback from states outside the Watershed regarding WRF’s stream restoration crediting guidance.
Finding and Adding Agricultural BMP Performance Studies to the Agricultural BMP Database (STAR_N6R14/4857)
This project examines the AgBMP Database in a number of geographic areas so it can provide federal, state, and local environmental agencies with quantitative information on the effectiveness of individual best management practices for addressing sediment and nutrients.
Incentives for Green Infrastructure Implementation on Private Property: Lessons Learned (4684)
This project identified successes and lessons learned on how green infrastructure, low-impact development, and, where relevant, green building can be incentivized on private property through retrofits or during new development and redevelopment beyond the minimum required by development ordinances.
Recommended Operation and Maintenance Activity and Cost Reporting Parameters for Stormwater Best Management Practices Database (SIWM22T17/4851)
This document provides recommendations for standardized O&M activity and cost tracking protocols for use by local governments and a tool to enable better understanding of types of maintenance activities and frequencies necessary for various BMP types.
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.