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Stormwater Detention Ponds in Urban Catchments—Analysis and Validation of Performance of Ponds in the Ouseburn Catchment, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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School of Engineering, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
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Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, 18a Newforge Lane, Malone Upper, Belfast BT9 5PX, UK
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James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen AB15 8QH, UK
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Academic Editor: Francesco De Paola
Water 2021, 13(18), 2521; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13182521
Received: 30 June 2021 / Revised: 10 September 2021 / Accepted: 12 September 2021 / Published: 14 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Blue-Green Cities for Urban Flood Resilience)
The impact of stormwater drainage and detention ponds on flooding is assessed using statistical analysis and physically based computer simulation of a 45-year case study for a peri-urban catchment. In 1978, the 54 km2 Ouseburn catchment in Newcastle upon Tyne was impacted by the connection of a new 2.1 km2 residential development, directly to the Ouseburn River, via a stormwater drain, which reduced the time to peak and increased flood risk. Further residential developments of 1.6 km2 have been built since 2004, again with separated sewer systems, but this time linked to stormwater detention ponds before draining into the Ouseburn River. Detailed analysis of the data, confirmed with computer simulation, shows that in contrast with the 1978 intervention, these new developments had only a minimal effect on the flows in the Ouseburn River, in fact achieving a small reduction in peak flows for large events. This study assesses the post-construction efficiency of such systems, and we show that the stormwater detention ponds are working as designed. View Full-Text
Keywords: stormwater detention ponds; flooding; urban catchments; stormwater drainage; separated sewer systems; urban development stormwater detention ponds; flooding; urban catchments; stormwater drainage; separated sewer systems; urban development
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Birkinshaw, S.J.; Kilsby, C.; O’Donnell, G.; Quinn, P.; Adams, R.; Wilkinson, M.E. Stormwater Detention Ponds in Urban Catchments—Analysis and Validation of Performance of Ponds in the Ouseburn Catchment, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Water 2021, 13, 2521. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13182521

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Birkinshaw SJ, Kilsby C, O’Donnell G, Quinn P, Adams R, Wilkinson ME. Stormwater Detention Ponds in Urban Catchments—Analysis and Validation of Performance of Ponds in the Ouseburn Catchment, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Water. 2021; 13(18):2521. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13182521

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Birkinshaw, Stephen J., Chris Kilsby, Greg O’Donnell, Paul Quinn, Russell Adams, and Mark E. Wilkinson 2021. "Stormwater Detention Ponds in Urban Catchments—Analysis and Validation of Performance of Ponds in the Ouseburn Catchment, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK" Water 13, no. 18: 2521. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13182521

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