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. 


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

Stormwater & Watershed Management
Our Cities Will Need to Harvest Stormwater in an Affordable and Green Way – Here’s How

Buddhi Wijesiri explains how green infrastructure can represent a means to improve urban water security

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Public Outreach Proves Critical for Houston’s Exploration Green Project

Concluding a decade of planning and construction, Clear Lake City Water Authority transforms golf course into multifunctional stormwater management hub

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California Groups Work to Reestablish Beaver Population

Conservationists to study long-term effects of beaver reintroduction on flooding and water quality in rural watersheds

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‘Recharge Net Metering’: A New Tactic for Cost-Effective Groundwater Recharge

California’s Pajaro Valley incentivizes private investment with innovative, market-based strategy

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Tropical ‘Flash Droughts’ Demand Improved Prediction Methods

Scientists look beyond soil moisture for better ways to identify drought in tropical regions

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Hawaiian Weather Patterns Impacted by Coastal Sea Salt Aerosols

‘Giant’ sea salt particles have outsized effects on Hawaii’s weather, new research suggests

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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.


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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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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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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