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Contech Stormwater experts discussing Low Impact Development, Onsite Water Management, Rainwater Harvesting and all things Stormwater.

Traditional stormwater criteria require both improving the quality and managing the quantity of runoff. One of the best practices is to incorporate pretreatment, detention and treatment into an integrated system. This approach can meet total daily maximum load requirements by providing a high level of pollutant removal and preventing erosion damage from peak flows. Many areas may require only some of these processes while some areas may require all of them.
Stormwater Infiltration: Drain-Down Characteristics of Hydrologic Soil Groups
Infiltration plays an increasingly important role in meeting stormwater runoff mitigation regulations. One of the primary considerations for infiltration feasibility is the runoff routing. Infiltration systems must drain in a reasonable amount of time to avoid creating mosquito habitat and to recover storage volume for subsequent storms.
Categories: Infiltration
Comparison of Materials Choices for Rainwater Harvesting Cisterns
There are a wide variety of cistern materials to choose from. Because they are often smaller in size, residential systems offer more options, but not all will scale to tens of thousands of gallons in a cost-effective manner. This article focuses on commercial and institutional scale projects where storage requirements are thousands of gallons and larger.
Structural Considerations for Stormwater Control Measures
As the need for effective stormwater treatment and volume control grows, so does the number of available stormwater control measures (SCMs) such as filtration systems, hydrodynamic separators, bio-retention  systems, green roofs and pervious pavement. As part of their due diligence, engineers go through an evaluation process to determine if the proposed system will meet some basic criteria, one of which is structural considerations. Below are some of the structural considerations.  The engineer should not assume that because a SCM is approved and/or detailed in a manual that all of the structural issues have been addressed. 
Stormwater BMPs: It’s All About Maintenance
As a state stormwater regulator, I see many stormwater plans. These plans detail everything that would be done to protect water quality and prevent erosion. Yet even a well-written and well-executed BMP plan will not provide the intended service without proper maintenance.
Categories: Maintenance
Three Components of Infiltration System Design
Common infiltration practices include drywells, bioretention, permeable pavement, infiltration trenches, infiltration basins, and subsurface infiltration galleries. Regardless of their form, all infiltration systems have three primary components: storage, treatment, and infiltration.
Categories: Infiltration
Contech CDS Solution Used in Award Winning Stormwater Project

The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation received the Outstanding Stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) Implementation Award for its Garvanza Park Stormwater BMP Project from the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA). 

5 Key Concepts For Developing Local Stormwater Regulations

Drafting stormwater regulations that are clear, comprehensive and effective is crucial to protecting and preserving receiving waters.  The Clean Water Act has yielded a wide spectrum of local stormwater regulations and policies, but many leave something to be desired when it comes to actually mitigating the impacts of urban runoff.  It has been our experience that many local regulations are missing core components that are invaluable in achieving our ultimate goal.

Estimating the ROI of a Commercial Scale Rainwater Harvesting System

When you mention a commercial rainwater harvesting system (RWH) to an engineer, developer or owner, one of the first questions you get is “what’s the ROI?” Return on Investment and Net Present Value vary widely depending on specific project variables and there is no one correct answer.  The three largest factors impacting ROI are initial cost of the system, water utility savings, and the value of land space saved for a stormwater BMP.

A Look at the Full Costs of Surface Infiltration Systems
Mother Nature’s soil is the best of all urban stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs). Soil infiltrates precipitation, reduces runoff, filters and captures most pollutants, recharges groundwater, and maintains a diverse, self-sustaining biological community.
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