This fall, the American Society of Civil Engineers released the manual, Public Safety Guidance for Urban Stormwater Facilities. People enjoy and like to recreate around water. However, they may not recognize the possible dangers of retention ponds, open channels, closed culverts, or other features associated with stormwater management. Although it is impractical, if not impossible, […]
It is impractical, if not impossible, to provide zero risk at stormwater management facilities. Yet, many safety issues can be mitigated with proper design.
Because of their unique configuration, linear transportation networks are often an awkward fit for the existing municipal stormwater regulatory framework. “Transportation networks have a different flavor than commercial, residential, and industrial development,” said Larry Schaffner with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Stormwater and Watersheds Program. As a result, it can be inefficient and, […]
Culverts are designed to funnel stormwater under roadways, but these structures are carrying more than just water. A study from the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science uncovered the diversity of species that use culverts to travel beneath highways. They found that close to 60 species use the culverts, from grizzly bears and moose […]
The Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) is actively commenting on an American Society of Civil Engineers (Reston, Va.) guidance document for enhancing public safety near stormwater structures. Although stormwater safety is often overlooked, poor design, maintenance, and planning of urban stormwater management facilities can lead to injuries or fatalities. Areas of concern include impoundments (ponds, […]