Assessment of Stormwater Best Management Practices

Project Staff: 

Principal Investigators: James L. Anderson, Professor, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate and John S. Gulliver, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering

Funding: 

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Assessment of Stormwater Best Managment Practices Manual

For the latest version of the manual, visit http://stormwater.safl.umn.edu/

Summary: 

The University of Minnesota, through contract with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, is developed a Guidance Document that outlined and explained proper methodology for the assessment of stormwater best management practices (BMPs). The document promotes the "Four Levels of Assessment" which increase in difficulty and cost from 1 to 4:

  1. Visual Inspection
  2. Capacity Testing
  3. Synthetic Runoff testing
  4. Monitoring

The Guidance Document has organized existing stormwater BMPs into categories according to the process by which pollutants are removed from stormwater runoff:

  • Biologically Enhanced Practices
  • Filtration Practices
  • Infiltration Practices
  • Sedimentation Practices
  • Source Reduction

More information: 

Andy Erickson, M.S.
Research Fellow
St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
University of Minnesota
2 Third Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-624-4629
E-mail: eric0706@umn.edu