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Water 2017, 9(5), 302; doi:10.3390/w9050302

Performance and Cost Perspective in Selecting BMPs for Linear Projects

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Civil Engineering Department, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 62026, USA
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Construction Department, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 62026, USA
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Illinois Department of Transportation, Springfield, IL 62764, USA
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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57007, USA
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Academic Editor: Athanasios Loukas
Received: 25 January 2017 / Revised: 11 April 2017 / Accepted: 21 April 2017 / Published: 25 April 2017
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Roads and developed land can alter hydrologic pathways, cause erosion, and increase pollution to nearby waters. Best management practices (BMPs) are commonly used to reduce adverse effects of post-construction runoff. This study is focused on providing performance and cost information for optimally selecting the BMPs for retaining post-construction stormwater on site. The performance of BMPs was simulated numerically using an idealized catchment in an urban setting environment. The cost of construction and maintenance of these BMPs were based on unit price. The considered BMPs were bioswale, infiltration trench, and vegetated filter strip. The effects of vegetated covers such as turf or prairie grass on stormwater runoff reduction of linear projects with and without BMPs were also evaluated. Finally, based on construction cost, maintenance costs, and performance of BMPs, recommendations are made to help decision makers in implementing the optimal BMP to control stormwater runoff for highways in urban areas. View Full-Text
Keywords: stormwater; linear BMPs; modeling; construction and maintenance cost stormwater; linear BMPs; modeling; construction and maintenance cost
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Osouli, A.; Bloorchian, A.A.; Grinter, M.; Alborzi, A.; Marlow, S.L.; Ahiablame, L.; Zhou, J. Performance and Cost Perspective in Selecting BMPs for Linear Projects. Water 2017, 9, 302.

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