On this page you will find recent projects that the UNH Stormwater Center has been involved in. They are searchable by title* or by the date in which the project was completed.
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UNHSC, in collaboration with VHB, SRPC and the Town of Durham recently completed a study modeling the pollutant load reduction potential of simple stormwater regulations. The goal of this study was to evaluate the net effect that enhanced local stormwater regulations could have on minimizing future pollutant load increases from future impervious cover growth in the Oyster River watershed in New Hampshire. As future development and land use changes are inevitable, early adoption of enhanced local stormwater regulations provides the greatest opportunity to minimize increased pollutant loading from future development. Model stormwater regulations developed for the Southeast Watershed Alliance (SWA) in December 2012 provide a template for enhanced stormwater regulations...Read More
University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center (UNHSC) completed a two year field verification study of a permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) stormwater management system. Monitoring took place from October 2010 through April 2012 on the University of New Hampshire (UNH) main campus in Durham, NH. Volume reduction and subsequently pollutant mass removal exceeds 95% for all pollutants measured including sediment (TSS and SSC), metals (total Zinc - TZn), petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH), and nutrients (TP, ortho-P, TN, TKN, DIN = NO3, N02, NH4). Reductions in effluent concentrations were not observed for these same contaminants. This was presumably due to a concentration of pollutants caused by an exceptional volume reduction. Effluent volumes in any single event never...Read More
In 2007, Packard Development, the Conservation Law Foundation, UN HSC, and Gove Environmental Services partnered to negotiate a Brownfields redevelopment proposal that protected receiving water quality. The proposal was accepted, and the current installation—which includes three franchise stores and is estimated to accommodate nearly 10,000 vehicles daily—uses porous asphalt parking lots and subsurface gravel wetlands as anchors of the stormwater management plan. The development was completed in 2009 and UNHSC continues to monitor the active commercial site for overall stormwater quality performance. Five years of monitoring has demonstrated that runoff from the site consistently surpasses that of the receiving stream, Pickering Brook.
In 2014 this seven year...Read More
By Robert Roseen1, PhD, PE, D.WRE, James Houle1, CPSWQ, Robert Dowling1, Melodie Esterberg2, Director, Lorie Chase3, Sally Soule4
1UNH Stormwater Center, 2Rochester Department of Public Works, Cocheco River Watershed Coalition3, NHDES Grant Manager4
Willow Brook is a tributary to the Cocheco River in the urban center of Rochester, NH. This small urban stream is impaired for Primary and Secondary Contact Recreation (e. coli). Its direct receiving waters, the Cocheco River, are impaired for Aquatic Life Use (benthic macroinvertebrates and habitat) as well as Primary Contact Recreation (e.coli). Likely sources are nonpoint source pollutants from urban stormwater...Read More
This project documents, through a series of case studies, the advantages of Low Impact Development (LID) in the economic terms of how municipal land use decisions are commonly made.
In addition to the environmental and water quality benefits
for which Low Impact Development (LID) is so commonly
known, considerable economic, infrastructure, and adaptation...Read More
The purpose of the Road Management Plan is to address the declining water quality of Lovell Lake caused by runoff from Brackett and Pond Roads carrying sediment and phosphorus. Unimproved roads are commonplace in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire in an area with a substantial seasonal population. Unimproved roads and associated maintenance are well documented as major sources of sediment and phosphorus to surface water and may account for as much as 80% of the sediment load and 40% of the phosphorus load within a watershed. Studies have shown that during highly erosive storm events, sediment concentrations may be observed to exceed 100,000 mg/L with averages for gravel roads >3,000 mg/l (Clinton and Vose 2003) whereas a typical low use paved road would be ~100 mg/L (Hagen and Walker...Read More
Greenland Meadows, New England Development, and the Conservation Law Foundation, Greenland, NH. (2005- Present)
Greenland Meadows is a retail shopping center built in 2008 by Newton, Mass.-based New England Development along Route 33 in Greenland, New Hampshire that features the largest porous asphalt and gravel wetland installation in the Northeast. The development is located on a 55.95-acre parcel and includes three, one-story retail buildings (Lowe’s Home Improvement, Target, and a supermarket), paved parking areas consisting of porous asphalt and non-porous pavements, landscaping areas, a large gravel wetland, as well as advanced stormwater management facilities. The total impervious area of the development – mainly from...Read More
Update of the Rhode Island Stormwater Design and Installation Standards Manual, by the Horsley Witten Group and the UNH Stormwater Center (2007-Present)
The Horsley Whitten Group, in cooperation with UNHSC, are now working with the CRMC and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Protection (RIDEP) to develop the new state Stormwater Manual, for the state that includes updated specifications for the inclusion of LID regulatory guidelines. A draft of the manual is complete and available online at:Read More
Update of Town of Newington Stormwater Site Plan Regulations (2009)
In early 2009 the UNHSC was contracted by the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership to strengthen the town of Newington’s local regulations to incorporate up-to-date stormwater management controls. The goal of the project was to develop site plan regulations that provided the Planning Board with the regulatory tools needed to mitigate the impacts of stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces in Newington’s commercial and industrial zones and provide a framework to require Low Impact Development approaches that will directly benefit water quality in the Piscataqua River and the Great Bay estuary. The regulations addressed both new development and redevelopment of properties that require...Read More
A user-driven outreach strategy has helped keep UNHSC research sharp and provides a unique tool for identifying barriers to implementation of more effective management technologies.
Regular technology demonstration workshops are performed throughout the year. Over 1678 people have attended the 52 workshops over the past 5 years. Workshop participants are wide ranging and include towns, planning and conservation board members, consulting engineers, watershed alliances, state (MA, NH, VT, ME, CT, NY, NJ, RI) and federal DOT, state and federal environmental agencies (MA, NH, VT, ME, CT, NY, NJ, RI), and federal Coastal Training Programs (NEIWPCC, NHEP, MACZM). In 2007 UNHSC and instructional design experts from the Coastal Services Center (CSC) partnered to develop a targeted...Read More
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