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Stormwater is the top source of water contamination in the U.S. today, according to the U.S. EPA. Both the public and private sectors must prevent, control, and treat stormwater or face severe public health problems, expensive natural resource losses, and severe regulatory action. We have the expertise and experience to meet today’s stormwater regulations with flexible, cost-effective solutions. From designing a zero-discharge stormwater management program for a global metal components and products manufacturer to developing groundbreaking stormwater and Low Impact Development (LID) Bylaws for Massachusetts municipalities, our engineers and scientists are committed to teaming with clients and regulators to develop implementable solutions that conserve and enhance our natural resources.

Project Highlights 

Stormwater Management Program and Runoff Management Facility Design
Wyman-Gordon, North Grafton, MA
We developed a stormwater management program and designed a runoff management facility at a 189-acre metals forging facility adjacent to a river that resulted in zero stormwater discharge.  The runoff management facility design project received an American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) New England Chapter Honor Award.

GIS-based Infrastructure Assessment and Master Planning
State University Construction Fund and SUNY Albany

Leveraging hand-held computers, GPS technology, and GIS knowledge, Woodard & Curran is building a powerful electronic infrastructure management tool for SUNY Albany, working through the State University Construction Fund. The project included a comprehensive condition and capacity assessment of stormwater, wastewater, and irrigation systems on the 580-acre campus. Using visual and camera inspections and smoke tests, and recording data on tablet PCs, engineers in the field gathered condition, capacity, and location information for the tool. The web-based GIS tool provides easy access to critical information and will be used for master planning efforts and to prioritize repair and maintenance schedules.

Urban Low Impact Development Ordinance
City of Salem, Massachusetts

Woodard & Curran worked with Salem, MA to develop the State's first urban-focused, low-impact development ordinance. Funded by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, the ordinance addresses non-point source water quality challenges in Salem. Woodard & Curran also prepared a guidebook to facilitate cooperation between developers and city boards in complying with the new law. Read more about the project and see the ordinance, regulations, and guidbook by following the link above.

Stormwater Planning
State University of New York System

We developed stormwater management plans for a number of campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Each plan outlines how the campus will comply with the NPDES General Permit for stormwater discharges from municipal separate stormwater sewer systems.  The plans coordinate Best Management Practices (BMPs) methods that have been determined to be the most effective, practical means of preventing or reducing pollution from non-point sources, developed for each of the six Minimum Control Measures outlined by the U.S. EPA, and is consistent with all federal, state, and local regulations.  We continue to help SUNY implement its stormwatwer management plans through public education and outreach training programs.

Civil/Site Engineering Includes Stormwater Infrastructure
The Villages on Mount Hope Bay, Tiverton, RI
The Villages on Mount Hope Bay is an award-winning, 290-unit community for adults 55 and older with a restaurant, hotel, marina, and retail area. Our staff provided site-civil engineering services for this mixed-use redevelopment project, which transformed the site of a former bulk petroleum storage facility into a premier community. Responsibilities included stormwater design. The site’s topography, geology, and former use presented significant engineering design challenges for the project, requiring unique engineering solutions to stabilize soils and prevent groundwater breakout. 

GIS Mapping to Trace Contamination
City of Waterbury, CT
To identify what was contaminating the Naugatuck River and threatening public health in Waterbury, we produced Geographic Information System (GIS)-based mapping that showed the locations of stormwater and sewer pipes, identifying the source of contamination. Waterbury’s GIS and system mapping were developed to meet a sewer system Administrative Consent Order.

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Barry Sheff, PE