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Stormwater Guidelines for Green, Dense Redevelopment

EPA recently supported the City of Emeryville, California in the development of "Stormwater Guidelines for Green, Dense Redevelopment." Emeryville, which is a suburb of San Francisco, has worked for over a decade on reclaiming, remediating and redeveloping the many brownfields within its borders. These efforts sparked a successful economic rebound. The city did not stop there, and decided to harness the redevelopment for better environmental outcomes, in particular that related to stormwater runoff. The city faced several challenges, including a high water table, clay soils, and few absorbent natural areas among the existing and redeveloped industrial sites.

The guidelines, and an accompanying spreadsheet model, were developed to make as much use of redevelopment sites as possible for handling stormwater. The main strategies fell into several categories:

The Guidelines also include a spreadsheet model for sizing on-site BMPs.

For more information, please contact Diana Keena (dkeena@ci.emeryville.ca.us) via email or by phone at (510) 596-4335

Download Stormwater Guidelines for Green, Dense Redevelopment (PDF) (58 pp, 4.2 MB,About PDF).

Download the Stormwater Sizing Worksheet (Excel spreadsheet) (1 pg, 200K, About PDF)


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