StormGIS_PPPM408 - University of Oregon Stormwater...

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University of Oregon Stormwater Assessment By: Jordan Anderson Introduction With the creation of urban areas much of the natural terrain has been paved over. By replacing natural groundcover with pavement, rain water is not absorbed and filtrated into the ground. Instead paved surfaces create an unnaturally large flow of water that needs to be managed. The storm system tries to recreate the natural flow of water by collecting and returning it to streams, rivers, lakes, groundwater or wherever its destination may be. For every city, being able to build a good storm system is vital for the natural environment, as well as human needs of water quality and security. The importance of the storm water system is something many people overlook. Understanding its functionality in urban environments helps us be more water-conscious about our actions. Each city has different needs in terms of water. Dry, arid environments typically have a scarcity of water and focus on designing a storm water system that captures and stores every drop available. Eugene’s problem is not with water scarcity, but too much of it and how to effectively manage it all. Cities like Eugene engineer their storm water system to quickly and efficiently collect water and transport it from urban areas. Many new environmentally friendly features such as eco-roofs, bioswales, and detention ponds have become used more frequently to deal with this problem. The University of Oregon utilizes some of these storm features, but mostly relies on drains for water collection. Background The main purpose of this project is to assess how successful the storm water system on the University of Oregon campus is operating. Most students and professors would agree that during heavy showers, large puddles of standing water accumulate in many areas throughout campus, which impedes pedestrian travel. There are three main causes of high water accumulation: clogged dirty drains, a lack of drains/water collection features and a poorly designed storm system. When judging the effectiveness of a campus storm system I feel it’s important to relate it to Walkability standards. This is why I have
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decided to locate specific areas that have above average water accumulation impeding pedestrian travel. Also potential solutions to the problem will be incorporated. Methodology
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This essay was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PPPM 408 taught by Professor Scholssberg during the Winter '08 term at Oregon.

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