New York City DEP, Water Research Foundation Release New Stormwater Report

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in partnership with the Water Research Foundation, today released Innovative and Integrated Stormwater Management, a new report highlighting challenges faced by stormwater programs worldwide, including flood mitigation programs, integrated stormwater management initiatives and regulatory compliance.

“Managing stormwater and protecting public health means preparing our communities for a changing climate, but not every program will work for every municipality,” said DEP Acting Commissioner Vincent Sapienza. “By studying the efforts of cities across the country and around the globe, including the challenges they encountered and lessons learned, we believe this report can serve as a roadmap for communities looking for the right approach to better managing stormwater.”

The report’s 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 those that can result in progressive and innovative water quality solutions. Each chapter covers a stormwater program topic, the role stormwater has in the program, an introduction to the applicable U.S. federal regulations, and common high-interest factors that influence decision making when it comes to setting up and implementing the program. Within each chapter, case studies are presented for a sampling of the communities with progressive programs in the topic area. The effort also demonstrates that although many of the surveyed communities are actively implementing the stormwater control measures, their techniques vary based on the conditions that are specific to their community.


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