New Manual is Not Just Shuffling Cards on Stormwater Management

Stormwater management has been an ongoing thread of discussion here, as has been the campaign to make public finance concepts and decisions more graphic and communicable.  An excellent publication emerged last Friday that promises to serve as a contribution on both fronts.

Manual_cover Using funding from the McKnight Foundation, the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation and SRF Consulting Group worked with a review group of private- and public-sector peers to compile a compact guide to innovative stormwater management measures.  The “Water Quality Manual,” while developed locally, offers a lengthy menu of ways to reduce public and private costs on four scales:  Site, block, neighborhood, and city.  An excerpt of topics:

Site Scale

Permeable pavers

Phosphorous reduction

Dry wells


Block Scale

Underground retention/filtration

Infiltration trenches

Flow-through planters


Neighborhood Scale

Shoreline stabilization

Low impact development

Oil and grit separators

Alum treatment

City Scale

Street sweeping and vacuuming

Watershed groups

Water monitoring

In addition to solid, if summary, content on each topic, the information is presented on cards bound together with a screw.  The deck can be unscrewed and separated for browsing at development meetings, city council work sessions, charettes – and reshuffled to reflect measures that best fit a particular project.

Akin to some of the decision tools produced by Donjek, this manual will be a useful tool for decision making in both private and public sectors.  Contact the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation for a copy.

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