Stormwater regulations are a critical aspect of every construction project. As property development and land development continues on multiple properties across a State County, an important question that civil engineers must consider is how to best manage stormwater runoff for each project.
With new land development (houses, buildings, etc.), any increase in impervious areas will also increase the amount of water runoff. To comply with city, state, and federal stormwater regulations, DeMarr Engineering must detain and treat any proposed increase in stormwater with a “Best Management Practice” (BMP) such that the project has a net-zero impact on stormwater runoff rates. After we develop the proposed site layout plans, our civil engineers will calculate existing and proposed stormwater runoff rates on site and design a BMP solution to meet these stormwater management requirements. We also provide on-site construction support and inspection services.
When a property is developed, the land is altered to create buildings, roads, and other structures. This process can have a major impact on the environment, particularly in terms of stormwater regulation. Stormwater is the water that runs off of rooftops, parking lots, and other impermeable surfaces during a rainstorm. Without proper management, this water can cause flooding and erosion, as well as carry pollutants into waterways.
As land is developed, the natural vegetation that helps to absorb rainfall is replaced by hard surfaces such as concrete and asphalt. This increases the amount of stormwater runoff, which can lead to flooding and property damage. To help mitigate this risk, it’s important for those involved in property development to work with civil engineers to make sure that stormwater is properly managed. While preventing these risks, well-regulated stormwater can also provide other benefits such as improved water quality and reduced erosion.
There are a variety of methods that can be used to regulate stormwater, and the most effective approach will vary depending on the local climate, topography, and hydrology. However, some common approaches include detention basins and swales, retention ponds, and infiltration trenches. By carefully considering how to best manage stormwater runoff, civil engineers can help to minimize the risks associated with property development.
DeMarr Engineering’s licensed professional engineers can provide the necessary expertise and guidance to develop your property safely and efficiently. If you are beginning a new development project, contact our team today.