An ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure – and prevention comes from properly planning for stormwater runoff before any construction begins.


PlanningEffective stormwater management plays a crucial role in maintaining and maximizing the value of our water resources. There was a time when stormwater management was considered an afterthought; it took place late in the development process, long after building and siting decisions had already been made. Today, we know better.

Stormwater management should be taken into account early in the planning process and should play an integral role throughout construction. Low Impact Development; Environmental Site Design; Smart Growth; Growing Greener by Design: all include stormwater management as a key concern.

A dizzying array of factors go into developing stormwater management plans, and each can vary widely depending on location. Soil types, amount and kinds of vegetative cover, landscape gradients, underlying geology, hydrology are but a handful of the many natural features that must be carefully considered before undertaking development of any site.

Planning, meeting permit and ordinance requirements, incorporating BMPs: this may be well and good for undeveloped areas, but what do older, “built out” communities do to deal with runoff problems that are the result of development that occurred in the past?

Incorporating “green” features into infrastructure decisions is an increasingly viable method of improving stormwater management in many situations—and besides the stormwater functions, many such elements bring other benefits to communities.

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