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Low Impact Development:A Holistic Approach to Urban Stormwater Management Course Outline

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      Week 01: Introduction to Stormwater Management

      Learning Outcomes:

      • Identify the four major types of stormwater impacts on the environment
      • Trace the impacts to their causes
      • List mechanisms by which stormwater controls can mitigate the four types of impacts

      Topics:

      • Effects of stormwater on water quantity, water quality, channel form, and aquatic biota
        • What is the nature of the impact?
        • Why do these impacts happen?
        • How can the impacts be controlled?

      Week 02: Setting Performance Standards for Stormwater Management

      Learning Outcomes:

      • Describe goals of stormwater management
      • Outline the general integrated approach to stormwater management
      • Relate stormwater control objectives to performance goals
      • Name the most common unified stormwater sizing criteria
      • Apply the two methods to select performance criteria
      • Explain the flaw behind the concept of percent pollutant removal to select stormwater controls

      Topics:

      • Fundamentals of stormwater control
      • Relationship between stormwater control and performance goals
      • Unified stormwater sizing criteria
      • Methods for establishing performance criteria
      • Preferred approach to evaluate pollutant removal

      Week 03: Stormwater Treatment Concepts: Unit Processes and Unit Operations

      Learning Outcomes:

      • Explain how unit processes (UPs) and unit operations (UOs) apply to stormwater management
      • Describe what each UP does to control water quantity or water quality impacts
      • Select the appropriate UPs to address given stormwater problems
      • Select the appropriate UOs in which given UPs take place
      • Name the six categories of stormwater controls and the governing physical principles in each of them

      Topics:

      • Unit processes (UPs) and unit operations (UOs) applied to stormwater
      • Unit processes for water quantity control
      • Unit processes for water quality control
      • Unit operations and stormwater systems
      • Classification of stormwater controls


      Week 04: Fundamental Principles of Low Impact Development

      Learning Outcomes:

      • Explain the basic principles of LID
      • Categorize LID controls according to the major classes of stormwater controls
      • Reconcile the LID and conventional stormwater management approaches
      • Summarize the benefits of applying LID principles

      Topics:

      • Basics concepts of LID
      • The role of site planning and engineering in stormwater management
      • Benefits of LID
      • LID stormwater controls
      • Operation and maintenance

      Week 05: Stormwater Controls – Filters

      Learning Outcomes:

      • Identify the essential features of filters
      • Recognize variants
      • List the unit processes present
      • Select the proper design principles
      • List additional design considerations

      Topics:

      • General characteristics
      • Types of filters and applications
      • Design principles
      • Additional design considerations

      Week 06: Stormwater Controls – Infiltrators

      Learning Outcomes:

      • Identify the essential features of infiltrators
      • Recognize variants
      • List the unit processes present
      • Select the proper design principles
      • List additional design considerations

      Topics:

      • General characteristics
      • Types of infiltrators and applications
      • Design principles
      • Additional design considerations

      Week 07: Stormwater Controls – Strips and Swales, Gross Pollutant Traps

      Learning Outcomes:

      • Identify the essential features of strips and swales
      • Identify the role of gross pollutant traps
      • List the unit processes present
      • Select the proper design principles
      • List additional design considerations

      Topics:

      • General characteristics
      • Applications
      • Design principles
      • Additional design considerations

      Week 08: Stormwater Controls – Basins

      Learning Outcomes:

      • Identify the essential features of basins
      • Articulate the role of basins with respect to LID
      • Recognize variants
      • List the unit processes present
      • Select the proper design principles
      • List additional design considerations

      Topics:

      • General characteristics
      • Types of basins and applications
      • Design principles
      • Additional design considerations

      Week 09: What Works and What Doesn’t Work

      Learning Outcomes:

      • Recognize the potential for failure of various types of stormwater controls

      Topics:

      • A collection of examples of ineffective stormwater controls

      Week 10: Operation, Maintenance, and Inspection

      Learning Outcomes:

      • Explain the importance of proper maintenance
      • List the major maintenance tasks associated with each type of controls

      Topics:

      • General considerations
      • Detailed maintenance for each type of stormwater control

      Week 11: Performance Assessment

      Learning Outcomes:

      • Apply the principles to design monitoring programs
      • Select appropriate objectives for monitoring
      • Recognize well implemented monitoring plans
      • Explain the flaw in the concept of percent pollutant removal
      • Select proper methods to assess performance of stormwater controls

      Topics:

      • The importance of monitoring
      • Monitoring plan development
      • Monitoring plan implementation
      • Qualitative and quantitative assessment methods

      Week 12: Modeling Stormwater Controls

      Learning Outcomes:

      • Explain the challenges in modeling stormwater controls and their combined effect
      • List the most common approaches to model the processes in stormwater controls
      • Develop conceptual models for the various types of stormwater controls
      • Cite models suitable to simulate the effect of stormwater controls
      • Select the appropriate model for a given analysis need
      • Demonstrate the criticality of reliable input data

      Topics:

      • The need for models in stormwater management
      • Conceptual models for stormwater controls
      • Modeling approaches
      • Model selection criteria
      • Data needs
      • Model application

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        This course outline is subject to change

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