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Research report helps with land planning and watersheds

The Water Environment Research Foundation has published a report that outlines a systematic way to predict the impa...

July 4, 2008   Canadian Consulting Engineer

The Water Environment Research Foundation has published a report that outlines a systematic way to predict the impact of land changes on the health of a watershed.
The report, “Protocols for Studying Wet Weather Impacts and Urbanization Patterns” is an eight-step process that integrates data collection and analysis with mathematical modelling of runoff from existing and planned urban development.
A non-profit organization, WERF notes that “urbanization has a profound effect on fish and other aquatic life in … rivers and streams. Stormwater runoff reacts differently when land use changes, and can make drastic changes to the aquatic environments of the newly urban streams. … A reliable measurement could prevent or reduce harm to rivers caused by urban development.”
The report is available from www.werf.org, reference. 03WSM3


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