January 01, 2016

Stormwater—The Next Phase

Samuel L. Brown and Gerard Olson

Stormwater washes sediment, pathogens, and metals into surface waters, impairing the nation’s rivers, streams, and coastal shorelines. These impacts are largely the result of the built environment. As green space is developed, more impervious surfaces such as roofs, parking lots, and sidewalks are created, altering the land’s natural infiltration capability.

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