Current Issues in Storm Water Regulation

April 11, 2012 — 1,250 views  
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Over the past few decades, the rate of land development in the United States has outweighed the rate of population growth. If this trend continues at its current speed, the increased development processes have the potential to affect storm water volume and degrade water quality. The effects would harm lakes, rivers, streams and coastal areas.

Storm water regulation evolves constantly, and towns across the country may not understand how to adapt to policy changes. Failing to keep abreast of current issues related to storm water regulation can be detrimental, and town officials may want to educate themselves regarding recent legal changes in permit standards.

The best way to manage the impact of increased levels of storm water from new developments is to use appropriate mitigation practices. In may be worthwhile for communities to implement new policies governing the treatment, containment and infiltration of runoff.

Developers can lead by example and employ innovative site design methods that reduce the risks of storm water and runoff damaging local waterways and land. A full-scaled practice aimed at maintaining a high-quality water infrastructure without halting community development could help regulate the impact of increased storm water in the U.S. today.