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Local Stormwater Management Practices

A research study conducted by James Scholl of Malcom Pirnie and presented at the WEFTEC 2007 conference looked at the myriad of local stormwater management programs across the country – focusing on major differences in organizational structures, funding sources, and the impetus for their development. Some interesting conclusions from the report include:

  • Historically, flooding has been the impetus for creating a local or regional stormwater program.
  • Currently, compliance issues and water quality protection are the forces behind creating new programs or modifying existing ones.
  • Using an existing public works to house the program is the most common approach to organizational structure.
  • Funding for new infrastructure projects is the biggest challenge, even with an existing revenue structure from fees.
  • Recent trends point to municipalities coordinating with other local agencies and authorities to manage stormwater programs. A good example of this kind of model is discussed in a previous post.

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