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Sustainability 2018, 10(10), 3666; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103666

The Challenge of Maintaining Stormwater Control Measures: A Synthesis of Recent Research and Practitioner Experience

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St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55414, USA
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Department of Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
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Received: 11 August 2018 / Revised: 26 September 2018 / Accepted: 8 October 2018 / Published: 13 October 2018
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The methods for properly executing inspection and maintenance of stormwater control measures are often ambiguous and inconsistently applied. This paper presents specific guidelines for inspecting and maintaining stormwater practices involving media filtration, infiltration, ponds, and permeable pavements because these tend to be widely implemented and often unsatisfactorily maintained. Guidelines and examples are based on recent scientific research and practitioner experience. Of special note are new assessment and maintenance methods, such as testing enhanced filtration media that targets dissolved constituents, maintaining proper vegetation coverage in infiltration practices, assessing phosphorus release from pond sediments, and the development of compressed impermeable regions in permeable pavements and their implications for runoff. Inspection and maintenance examples provided in this paper are drawn from practical examples in Northern Midwest USA, but most of the maintenance recommendations do not depend on regional characteristics, and guidance from around the world has been reviewed and cited herein. View Full-Text
Keywords: maintenance; stormwater; treatment; assessment; stormwater control measure; sustainable drainage system; best management practice; green infrastructure; filtration; infiltration; retention pond; permeable pavement maintenance; stormwater; treatment; assessment; stormwater control measure; sustainable drainage system; best management practice; green infrastructure; filtration; infiltration; retention pond; permeable pavement
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Erickson, A.J.; Taguchi, V.J.; Gulliver, J.S. The Challenge of Maintaining Stormwater Control Measures: A Synthesis of Recent Research and Practitioner Experience. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3666.

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