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Traditional planning and design of stormwater management systems focuses on minimizing construction costs and maximizing developable land. Decades of using the traditional method and micro-designing stormwater management systems has created a chaotic network of pocket detention ponds and stressed pipe and channel systems, which municipalities are struggling to obtain sufficient funding to repair. The impacts on these systems are further exacerbated by increases in projected population and the...

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United States in a Stormwater Funding Crisis
According to Steve Allbee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, our nation is underfunding necessary stormwater, wastewater and water infrastructure improvements by at least $540 billion. Considering that most cities typically maintain only water and wastewater utility funding sources, this nationwide funding deficit is particularly alarming for those of us in stormwater management.

New Requirements Result in Growing Costs
With Phase II MS4 stormwater quality requirements officially in...

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Mitigating flood hazards has become a necessity for many municipalities pursuing a more sustainable community and increased environmental quality. Fortunately, federal funding is available, usually in a 75-percent/25-percent federal/local cost share arrangement, through the authorization of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. In Texas, most of the flood hazard mitigation grants are administered through the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). Applying for and winning grants is a year-round activity. The...

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