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Stormwater Control Practices

John Huang, Ph.D., PE and John Poullain, PE

This two-hour online course provides general guidelines and practices to control stormwater runoff and sediment at construction sites and urban areas. The methods and techniques discussed include sedimentation basins, detention basins and also constructed wetlands and combinations of these systems. Other stormwater management and protection practices are briefly described. Remedial actions and activities performed at construction sites must comply with federal, state, and local regulations to protect water quality.

The stormwater control practices described in this course are keyed to the detention of runoff and the deposition or trapping of sediment. If the containment could retain all runoff the efficiency would be 100%. Retention of runoff is impractical and would not be feasible and prohibitively expensive considering the required acquisition of land and the loss of future development. Detention practices serve to reduce the frequency of erosive downstream flooding and to trap the sediment and contaminants or nutrients carried by the runoff. Water is discharged at a controlled non-erosive rate and suspended particles are allowed to settle in the basin.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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