Stormwater & Watershed Management

Between the rise of green infrastructure, the effects of climate change, increasingly complex regulations, and the seemingly endless pursuit of infrastructure funding, the stormwater management sector is more dynamic than most public services. Stay on top of new trends, studies, and developments that shape the stormwater sector with these resources. 

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The latest stormwater articles, videos, and other content from throughout the organization and across the water sector.

Industrial Water Resources
Preview the 2024 Program

Click through the digital WEFTEC 2024 Conference Preview to learn more about the 2024 educational programming, see who is exhibiting, begin to plan your WEFTEC ...

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Government & Regulatory Affairs
EPA: Stormwater, Wastewater Sectors Need $630 Billion+ Over Next 20 Years

Latest Clean Watershed Needs Survey explores water sector’s financial path to Clean Water Act fulfillment

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Stormwater & Watershed Management
$6 Billion Plan Aims to Flood-Proof New York City’s Transit System

Climate Resilience Roadmap proposes long-term investment plan to protect largest U.S. transit network against flooding

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Stormwater & Watershed Management
Remote Sensing Could Shape the Future of Natural Disaster Assessment

Florida Atlantic University researchers leverage technology to provide fast, accurate damage assessments after natural disasters

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Emergency Response
Study: Cities Can Do More to Protect Elderly During Major Floods

Comparative study of New York City and Shanghai outlines best practices for evacuating vulnerable residents ahead of extreme storms

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Infrastructure
‘Hazel’ Completes Underground Tunneling Trek in Blow Against CSOs

AlexRenew announces completion of 3.5-km (2.2-mi) Waterfront Tunnel, centerpiece of long-term campaign to control CSOs

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April 9

Collection Systems and Stormwater 2024

Join us in Hartford, CT., to experience a robust program highlighting continued advances in the stormwater sector. Hear from professionals as they highlight new technologies, successful innovations, and current best practices.

 

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Featured Stormwater Resources

The featured resources below are just a sample of everything WEF has to offer. Search our entire website and technical resource database for more.

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Stormwater Advocacy

The Stormwater Community annually hosts the National Stormwater Policy Forum to advance the latest legislative and regulatory concerns of the stormwater sector legislators and regulators. This outreach includes creating the Recommendation to Improve the Stormwater Program In the U.S. document that stormwater advocates can use year-round.

 

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Rainfall to Results

Based on input from leading stormwater professionals, this report details the challenges, opportunities, and pathways to improving the nation’s stormwater systems to make them more efficient, effective, and sustainable.

This updated version was released in June 2023.

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Stormwater, Watershed, and Receiving Water Quality Modeling

This special publication presents state-of-the-art stormwater modeling and is a practical tool that presents a broad compilation of existing models, their capabilities, and a roadmap for users to assist in the selection of such models for diverse applications. 

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U.S. MS4 Needs Assessment Survey

This one-of-a-kind biennial national survey seeks to understand municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) sector challenges, drivers, and needs.

Data was collected for the third installment in the series from late 2022 through early 2023.

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Stormwater Publications

Urban Stormwater Controls Operation and Maintenance

WEF Manual of Practice No. 39 includes the best practices for the continued operation of stormwater control measures (SCMs) for your stormwater programs. The material covered will be of particular use to designers of SCMs, utility managers, and O&M staff. 

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User-Fee-Funded Stormwater Programs

A must-read for agencies and public works departments interested in developing charge systems for stormwater programs based on fee structures. 

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Green Infrastructure Implementation

This book provides actionable information promoting the implementation of green infrastructure. Unlike most publications, which focus on technical design of individual green elements, this peer-reviewed book tackles topics related directly to the ability to implement green infrastructure.

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Find the Stormwater & Watershed Communities You Need

STORMWATER COMMUNITY

This community provides leadership and a voice for effective stormwater management by developing high-quality technical products and programming to support stormwater professionals.

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WATERSHED MANAGEMENT COMMUNITY

This community develops and conducts activities to advance the understanding, planning, implementation, and use of watershed management tools and techniques to enhance the global water environment more effectively.

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Connect with our community of water professionals who ensure that our local communities have access to clean water that protects public health. Explore our member benefits and find the membership type that’s right for you.

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WEF is a source of high-quality technical resources featuring the latest research, news, and education. WEF's members and other credible resources have created and compiled this information into the Practice Area groupings listed in the dropdown menu.