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Evaluating Infiltration Requirements for New Development Using Extreme Storm Transposition: A Case Study from Dane County, WI

Authors:

Nicholas Hayden

Kenneth Potter

David Liebl

Publication Type:
Journal Article
Year of Publication:
2016
Secondary Title:
JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association
DOI:
10.1111/1752-1688.12441
Year:
2016
Date:
Jul-15-2016
URL:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1752-1688.12441/abstract

Abstract

Changes in land use and extreme rainfall trends can lead to increased flood vulnerability in many parts of the world, especially for urbanized watersheds. This study investigates the performance of existing stormwater management strategies for the Upper Yahara watershed in Dane County, WI to determine whether they are adequate to protect urban and suburban development from an extreme rainfall. Using extreme storm transposition, we model the performance of the stormwater infiltration practices required for new development under current county ordinances. We find during extreme rainfall the volume of post-development runoff from impervious surfaces from a typical site would increase by over 55% over pre-development conditions. We recommend the ordinance be strengthened to reduce vulnerability to flooding from future urban expansion and the likely increase in the magnitude and frequency of extreme storms.