Stormwater Management

Stormwater management is the control of runoff as close as possible to its point of origin in order to provide for infiltration and prevent the worsening of downstream flooding.

In the Delaware River Basin, state and local governments are responsible for stormwater management.

The subject of stormwater management has historically included detention basins, focusing more on new development than modifications to existing development.

The retrofitting of stormwater controls in urban areas is an especially difficult problem, since many areas are nearly 100% impervious.

There are many techniques for stormwater management, including natural landscaping, eliminating lawn mowing in floodplains and stream buffers, diverting gutter downspouts to lawns instead of driveways and use of porous paving.

In addition to preventing/reducing flood damage, stormwater management has additional benefits for water quality control and enhancement of infiltration to groundwater.

Stormwater Presentations & DRBC Demonstration Project

Stormwater Presentations Given at DRBC Meetings:

  • At the December 10, 2008 DRBC meeting, Howard M. Neukrug, P.E., then-Director of the Philadelphia Water Department's (PWD) Office of Watersheds, gave a presentation on "Philadelphia Water Conservation and Stormwater Management Approaches." Click here to view the presentation (pdf 12.5 MB). 

  • At the December 12, 2007 DRBC meeting, Rebecca L. Schneider, Ph.D., Director of the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, gave a presentation on "Roadside Ditch Management to Reduce Stormwater Runoff and Mitigate Floods and Droughts;" click here to view the presentation (pdf 2.9 MB).

DRBC Stormwater Demonstration Project:

  • At the July 18, 2007 DRBC meeting, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to mark the completion of the first phase of the DRBC Stormwater Demonstration Project, an ongoing effort to demonstrate how an older site (the DRBC Headquarters) can be transformed (or retrofitted) to properly handle stormwater. View the press release.
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