Alternative Stormwater Best Management Practices Guidelines

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide a "tool box" of BMPs 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.

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Cover and Table of Contents (361 K)
1. Introduction (321 K)
1.1 Re-Defining a Philosophy
1.2 Alternative Stormwater Management
1.3 BMP Applications
1.4 Examples of BMP Applications
2. BMP Selection (195 K)
2.1 Factors Affecting Stormwater Management
2.2 Stormwater Treatment BMP Selection Matrix
3. BMP Descriptions (1.46 M)
3.1 Bioretention Area
3.2 Wet Detention (Ponds and Lakes)
3.3 Dry Detention Basin
3.4 Filter Strip
3.5 Grassed Swale
3.6 Green Roof
3.7 Infiltration Basin
3.8 Infiltration Planter
3.9 Infiltration Trench
3.10 Natural/Native Vegetation
3.11 Pervious Pavement
3.12 Rain Barrels and Cisterns
3.13 Rain Garden
3.14 Soil Management
3.15 Stormwater Treatment Train
3.16 Subsurface Storage
3.17 Urban Forest
3.18 Vegetated Bioswale
3.19 Wetland
4. Low Impact Development (2.59 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 (32 K)
Attachment A: Example BMP Selection Matrix (394 K)

Related Information

Drainage Criteria Manual
The City of Lincoln Drainage Criteria Manual provides additional information about several of the BMPs listed in this guide in Chapter 8 - Stormwater Best Management Practices (1.08 M)

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Any comments or questions on the guidelines are welcome and appreciated. Please send to Rock Krzycki at or 402-309-5936.