Thought Leadership

Reducing Wet Weather Flows: A Practical Guide for an Integrated Approach

Authors:  Jeff Sharon, PE, BCEE Rusty Neff, PE, BCEE John Swartzbaugh, PE Greg Breetz, PE, PLS, LEED AP BD+C

The EPA promotes its “Integrated Program Approach” as an effective way to reduce urban wet weather pollution. The program integrates all wet weather pollution control programs – stormwater MS4, CSO and SSO. Finding the most cost-effective solutions for wet weather pollution, regardless of the source, allows communities to make the most of their limited funds.

This paper highlights Source Control as a promising aspect of an integrated program. Source Control is a method of keeping unwanted storm runoff from entering the combined or sanitary sewer system. Integrated solutions can take advantage of the many elements of Source Control that can substantially reduce infrastructure program costs. If done correctly, an integrated program using Source Control methods can potentially save a substantial amount of money that might otherwise be spent on conveyance and treatment.

This paper shares the experience that B&N has gained while solving our clients’ CSO, SSO and MS4 pollution problems.

  • Investigating Your System
  • Source Control Solutions
  • Proceed with Caution
  • Cost Considerations
  • Conclusion
  • B&N on the Job