The Needs of Stormwater Management Planning in Ontario: Is BMPPlanner a Useful Tool?
A decision-support software tool, POLLUXPC, was developed by Duvinage, Goyen and James to provide stormwater management professionals with an environment for Best Management Practice (BMP) selection at the preliminary level of sub-watershed planning. This code was translated by the author (Ahmed), from the original MacIntosh HYPERCARD environment into an IBM-executable version using Spinnaker's PLUSTM, and subsequently renamed BMPPlanner. Experts were surveyed to validate the need for such a tool, and to identify current perceptions of stormwater management. A detailed review of the literature revealed other features that would enhance the original code to support emerging needs such as winter performance ratings, sand/sand-enhanced filters, and urban vegetation practices. Feed-back on the utility of BMPPlanner by a panel of professional examiners, is summarized.
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