BMP Effectiveness for Nutrients, Bacteria, Solids, Metals, and Runoff Volume: International Stormwater BMP Database Reaches the 500-BMP Milestone

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  • Practice Areas: Environmental Management Assessment and Systems, Watershed and Stormwater Management, Water and Natural Resources Assessment, Management, and Restoration, Erosion and Sediment Control, Sediment Assessment and Remediation
  • Event or Publication: Stormwater Magazine
  • Title: BMP Effectiveness for Nutrients, Bacteria, Solids, Metals, and Runoff Volume: International Stormwater BMP Database Reaches the 500-BMP Milestone
  • All Authors: Jonathan E. Jones, Jane Clary, E. Strecker, M. Quigley and Jeff Moeller
  • Geosyntec Authors: Marcus Quigley, Eric Strecker
  • Citation: March/April. Vol. 13, No. 2
  • Date: 2012
  • Type: Publication (Printed)

In response to existing and evolving regulations regarding nutrients, fecal indicator bacteria, solids, metals, and runoff volume, urban stormwater professionals around the United States need reliable performance data for best management practices (BMPs).

A few examples of current regulatory drivers include (1) the USEPA urging states to adopt numeric nutrient criteria, (2) steadily increasing use of numeric action levels and numeric effluent limits for stormwater municipal and industrial discharges, (3) new initiatives for reducing bacteria levels in waterbodies used by the public for recreation, (4) total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) that identify waste load allocations for stormwater discharges, and (5) a major emphasis on runoff volume reduction at all levels of government. As a result, public and private sector stormwater dischargers are and will be spending substantial sums of money on these issues, primarily in the form of planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining structural and nonstructural BMPs. But which BMPs should be used and why, and how reliable will they be?

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