APWA Book Review

Municipal Stormwater Management (2nd Ed)
1,171 pp * 2003 * CRC * ISBN 1-56670-584-3 * Thomas N. Debo and Andrew J. Reese

Known by many stormwater managers, designers, and planners as the "stormwater bible," the bestselling Municipal Stormwater Management has been expanded and updated, based in part on the authors' extensive experience in developing stormwater management programs for municipalities throughout the U.S. The book includes the latest information on NPDES Phase II, stormwater utilities, water quality best management practices, and quality management planning.

From a technical design standpoint, the authors combed the literature to find the present clear treatment of each of the key design situations the practitioner will encounter. A wealth of knowledge was compiled from federal, state, and local design publications. In each case the authors attempted to provide a stand-alone discussion, including all relevant charts, figures, tables, and example applications. In addition, much original information gathered from experience in many cities and counties is included.

To properly understand and manage stormwater requires more than knowledge of design procedures and hydrologic or hydraulic practice. Actually making it happen in a real-world municipality, filled with the demands of regulations, financial pressures, stakeholder groups, and politics, is also an important part of stormwater management. While harder to quantify, the tools and understanding necessary for institutional, as well as technical, success are also included in this book. They are derived from literally hundreds of experiences and projects in cities and counties across the United States. A careful reading will provide a wealth of information and principles and a sense of what works and what does not.

Stormwater management is a fast-evolving field. Any treatment of it is only a snapshot of a changing picture. The authors include the most up-to-date information available in each of the key areas of the practice, including water quality best management practices and stormwater master and quality management plans. Also gathered and included are little known but valuable tables, charts, and procedures covering common designs and more specialized situations. English and metric versions of charts and nomographs are included where available and where deemed useful for the designer. The evolution of stormwater management, as any science or practice, builds on basic understanding and concepts. In each case, the authors attempted to provide, first, sufficient discussion to lay a foundation and framework upon and within which any new developments can be built.

The book is primarily designed for use by engineers, designers, and planners involved in municipal stormwater management. Information contained should cover most of the design applications within urban areas and most of the institutional aspects of stormwater management the planner or administrator faces daily.

In addition to a general update of all information in the book, the major additions in this edition of the book are updated information on water quality best management practices, additional hydrology information, and new discussions related to the institutional aspects of urban stormwater management. Unique features that make this book invaluable:

  • Over 1,100 pages of text and figures, including significant new information and hard-to-find tables, charts, and graphs
  • Detailed guidance and examples on BMP design
  • Guidance for establishing a Phase II water quality program and avoiding common pitfalls
  • Essential information on stormwater utilities
  • How to perform stormwater master planning
  • Appendices with checklists, forms for design and analysis, and questionnaires for the collection of information
  • Examples and references for application of the principles discussed in the text

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