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Introduction to Stormwater: Concept, Purpose, Design

ISBN: 978-0-471-16528-6
272 pages
February 1998
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This professional reference tool combines basic concepts of hydrology with the latest applications for landscape architecture and site engineering--including effective, eco-friendly, and people-friendly design methods for:
* Wetlands construction
* Groundwater recharge
* Infiltration
* Porous pavements
* Stream restoration
* Water harvesting

Stormwater management is an essential component of all landscape architecture and site engineering projects. Introduction to Stormwater helps solve environmental problems that arise in the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating the built environment.

This useful guide is of singular importance to landscape architects, civil engineers, architects, wetlands scientists, and other environmental professionals who must comply with ever-changing government regulations. Concepts such as drainage, runoff quality, and drought control are presented in an easy-to-learn, nontechnical format, using case studies drawn from all regions of the United States. Over 200 charts, tables, photographs, and examples aid in conceptualization and calculations. Each chapter contains exercises to ensure that the user acquires applied skills essential to professional licensure exams and practice in the field, as well as information on related software.
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Table of Contents

Stormwater and Environment.

Stormwater and Human Experience.

Introduction to Hydrologic Concepts.

Storm Runoff.

Water Balance.



Extended Detention.


Water Harvesting.



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Author Information

BRUCE K. FERGUSON is Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Georgia. His consulting projects include conservation of irrigation water on the lawn of the White House and site design guidelines to protect runoff quality in the metropolitan regions of San Francisco and Los Angeles and in the states of Florida, Georgia, and New York. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
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