Stormwater runoff is the water that flows from rain and snowmelt that doesn’t soak into the ground. It is a major environmental concern because it can pick up pollutants such as pesticides, oil, grease, and heavy metals from roads, parking lots, and other surfaces and carry them into waterways, causing water and soil pollution and harm to aquatic life.
Most communities in Iowa adequately manage the Qp and Qf level storms. In order to improve Iowa’s water quality and provide additional protection from flooding, further management of WQv and CPv classes is needed.
When planning and designing for post construction stormwater management, consideration should be given to both water quality and water quantity (flood control). The Unified Sizing Criteria in the Iowa Stormwater Management Manual (ISWMM) provides a comprehensive approach to managing stormwater, from the more frequent and smaller rainfall events, to the less frequent flooding events. Design specifications for all storm events can be found in the ISWMM posted on the Iowa DNR website.
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