Management practices for the amelioration of urban stormwater

Stacy L. Hutchinson, T. Keane, R. D. Christianson, L. Skabeland, T. L. Moore, A. M. Greene, K. Kingery-Page

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Urban runoff has been identified as a non-point source (NPS) contributor. The most effective mechanism for controlling urban NPS pollution is to reduce the amount of runoff through infiltration and storage on the landscape. Traditional infiltration best management practices (BMPs) have lacked long-term effectiveness because of clogging. The addition of vegetation to the system enhances the longevity of infiltration BMPs by enhancing soil structure. In order to better understand the design and function of vegetated, infiltration-based BMPs, Kansas State University is monitoring several sites in Kansas. Results indicate that vegetation enhances the ability of stormwater systems to store water and reduce down channel erosion and flooding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-89
Number of pages7
JournalProcedia Environmental Sciences
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Congress on Ecological Engineering: From Concepts to Applications - Paris, France
Duration: Dec 2 2009Dec 4 2009


  • Eutrophication
  • Man-made lake
  • Pollution
  • Restoration
  • Solid waste
  • Urban agriculture
  • Wastewater

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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