A New Perspective on Opportunities for Stormwater Mitigation through Soil Management in Ordinary Urban Landscapes

A New Perspective on Opportunities for Stormwater Mitigation through Soil Management in Ordinary Urban Landscapes

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Day, S., Mitchell, D.  2015. A New Perspective on Opportunities for Stormwater Mitigation through Soil Management in Ordinary Urban Landscapes. Watershed Science Bulletin. Center for Watershed Protection, Ellicott City, MD.

BMP, Management, mitigation, urban, Stormwater, Land Use, Soil, soil reconstruction

This bulletin suggests the management of ordinary, pervious urban landscapes (like street medians and school grounds) to increase their capacity to store stormwater. While urban soils generally are compacted, infiltrate slowly, and have a low hydraulic conductivity, management practices (like soil preparation, root distribution, and surface treatments) can alter these characteristics and allow some urban landscapes to capture more rainfall.

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