Merging storm water management with stream rehabilitation: Greensboro’s Lake Daniel pilot project

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Michael E. Lewis, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies (Creator)
Parke A. Rublee, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: In spite of progress controlling discharges of industrial pollutants from discrete points, many urban drainage basins continue to suffer from heavy loads of sediment and pollutants in the form of storm water runoff from lawns, streets, driveways, parking lots, and other dispersed sources (Arnold et al., 1993; Riley, 1992; Ferguson 1991; Horak, 1988). Altered geomorphic and soil conditions, leaking or broken sewer lines, and structural responses to flooding also contribute to the degraded natural condition of many urban streams. City governments and local environmental groups are attempting to restore natural vitality to such streams and wetlands through cooperative, integrated efforts to reduce storm water borne pollution (DeWitt, 1994). Stream rehabilitation efforts can be merged with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). Under authority of the Water Quality Act of 1987 NPDES requires local governments to devise plans for -reducing sediment and pollutants carried by storm water runoff directly to streams or water treatment plants. State and local governments are also providing grants to fund community-based stream restoration projects that serve multiple goals, including storm water management (Riley, 1992). Greensboro, North Carolina, exemplifies the process of meeting the NPDES requirements to plan for storm water management with local public involvement. This article reviews the parallel histories of stream greenway rehabilitation and storm water management and describes the ongoing process of merging the two goals in a Southern Piedmont context.

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North Carolina Geographer
Language: English
Date: 1995
storm water management, stream rehabilitation

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