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Alternative Stormwater Best Management Practices Guidelines

Alternative Stormwater Best Management Practices Guidelines

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The purpose of these guidelines are to provide a "tool box" of BMP's for improving water quality and reducing flood and impacts in Lincoln due to urbanization. These guidelines were compiled specifically for Lincoln and were designed to work in our area with our soil types.
Many of the BMP's can be used in individually or in combination, to reduce stormwater pollutants and maintain the natural hydrologic function of an area. The City of Lincoln Drainage Criteria Manual provides additional information about several of the BMP's listed in this guide in Chapter 8 - Stormwater Best Management Practices (1.07 M).
The BMP's listed in this guideline as well as those in the Drainage Criteria Manual have specific application and placement requirements. These guidelines are not a substitute or amendment to any existing City standards for the construction streets or stormwater drainage. Current design standards for streets and stormwater design must be considered when choosing BMP's for a specific area.
We hope you will find this information useful when considering BMP's. Any comments or questions on the guidelines are welcome and appreciated. Please send to Rock Krzycki at or 402-309-5936.
Table of Contents (30 K)
Cover Page (372 K)
1. Introduction   (459 K)
1.1 Re-Defining a Philosophy
1.2 Alternative Stormwater Management
1.3 BMP Applications
1.4 Examples of BMP Applications
1.4.1 Parcel-Level Applications
1.4.2 Block and Neighborhood-Level Applications
1.4.3 District-Level Applications
1.4.4 Transportation Corridor Applications
2. BMP Selection   (206 K)
2.1 Factors Affecting Stormwater Management
2.2 Stormwater Treatment BMP Selection Matrix
3. BMP Descriptions   (1.81 M)
3.1 Bioretention Area (108 K)
3.2 Wet Detention (Ponds and Lakes) (140 K)
3.3 Dry Detention Basin (79 K)
3.4 Filter Strip (89 K)
3.5 Grassed Swale (67 K)
3.6 Green Roof (145 K)
3.7 Infiltration Basin (61 K)
3.8 Infiltration Planter (113 K)
3.9 Infiltration Trench (136 K)
3.10 Natural/Native Vegetation (202 K)
3.11 Pervious Pavement (109 K)
3.12 Rain Barrels and Cisterns (79 K)
3.13 Rain Garden (92 K)
3.14 Soil Management (132 K)
3.15 Stormwater Treatment Train (193 K)
3.16 Subsurface Storage (263 K)
3.17 Urban Forest (99 K)
3.18 Vegetated Bioswale (86 K)
3.19 Wetland (153 K)
4. Low Impact Development   (2.62 M)
4.1 Seven Benefits of Low Impact Development
4.2 Low Impact Development (LID) Practices for Storm Water Management
4.3 Applying an Ecological Systems Approach in Urban Landscapes
4.4 Impacts of Development Type on Runoff Volume and Infiltration Performance
4.5 Using Native Plants to Improve Water Quality
4.6 Prairie Restorations: What to Expect and Why
5. References   (35 K)
Attachment A: Example BMP Selection Matrix   (398 K)

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