Water Science and Technology Vol 39 No 12 pp 353360 © IWA Publishing 1999
Urban runoff pollution-summary thoughts - the state-of-practice today and for the 21st century
Larry A. Roesner
Camp Dresser & McKee Inc., 2301 Maitland Center Pkwy, Suite 300, Maitland Florida 32751 USA
A number of papers at this conference were presented on quality aspects of urban runoff. In addition, three workshops addressed Urban Best Management Practices (BMPs), Highway Runoff, and Megacities in the 21st Century, respectively. Several well-known presenters expressed conflicting views on fundamental issues regarding BMP adequacy and the proper approach to urban runoff quality management. Upon reflection, the author believes that the conflicting opinions result principally from two related facts: 1) there is no accepted uniform design criteria for BMPs, so that various authors are comparing apples and oranges; and 2) the objectives of the management practices differ between authors. This paper responds to those conflicting views, with some reflections on the state-of-practice in the three subject areas, based upon some of the presentations in the conference sessions and in the workshops.
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