A Proposal for a New Research Direction
There is a growing need in the stormwater community for better BMP selection and design methods. The continuing impact of urban stormwater on surface water quality has also driven the need for more accurate modeling of stormwater pollution. Both stormwater program managers and site designers need appropriate methods and tools that can explicitly address the inherent uncertainties in stormwater quantities and qualities and Best Management Practice (BMP) performance. With scientifically based easy to use tools like the one proposed in this chapter, stormwater program managers would be able to identify appropriate BMP selection and design criteria having the highest likelihood of solving specific water quality problems. With this proposed tool, site designers would be able to satisfy specified criteria with the most cost effective BMP selection and design available.
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