Stormwater runoff is a growing problem for Connecticut communities. Whether it’s in response to repeated flooding, water pollution, the “MS4” stormwater permit or all of the above, town officials are looking for ways to start “disconnecting” impervious cover using low impact development (LID) practices, also known as green stormwater infrastructure (GSI).
But where to start? In an effort to help towns get a handle on these issues, CLEAR faculty from the award-winning NEMO Program have created the Stormwater Corps, a program that trains UConn undergrads to conduct an analysis for a town that results in an impervious cover disconnection “action plan.”
Student teams use online mapping tools to identify promising areas for GSI practices, typically focusing on town-owned properties.
The field observations are used to help prioritize the list of GSI practices, and to size them to capture the correct amount of rainfall. Maps, photographs, recommendations and pollutant removal estimates are then assembled into a Runoff Reduction Action Plan for town officials