New WRF Report Documents Worldwide Stormwater Management Efforts
(NEW YORK, NY – October 25, 2017) – Hazen recently completed the Innovative and Integrated Stormwater Management report for New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), published in partnership with the Water Research Foundation as part of its focus on One Water.
The report compiles data from 34 communities/utilities, jointly interviewed by Hazen and DEP, about their stormwater/MS4-related programs and the synergies with water and wastewater programs. The purpose of the report is to provide an enhanced understanding of what strategies utilities/communities are implementing and refine New York City’s approach to a stormwater program that is both integrated and innovative while meeting regulatory requirements.
Among the findings, we discovered:
- 38% of respondent communities use an integrated management approach, and all of them realized benefits and efficiency improvements.
- 100% of respondent communities within the United States have some stream segments that are impaired and do not meet their designated uses.
- 59% of respondent communities are required to meet numeric requirements for waterbody impairments, while 3% of the communities implement programs on a voluntary basis.
- 71% of respondent communities with infrastructure that is sensitive to climate change are implementing programs that mitigate some of the potential impacts.
- 100% of respondent communities have customized their public education program to address local conditions.
- 64% of respondent communities have a consistent community-wide IDDE program and 36% implement a watershed-focused program.
The report topics encompass stormwater control measures recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as topics that are critical to stormwater program success or can result in progressive and innovative water quality solutions. By sharing the Innovative and Integrated Stormwater Management report, the partners hope that other service providers can use it to cost-effectively improve the health of local water bodies and deliver related benefits to their communities.
A copy of the report can be requested on the WRF website.