Stormwater: A Resource For Scientists, Engineers, And Policy Makers

Paperback | July 15, 2016

byWilliam G. Wilson

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As cities grow and climates change, precipitation increases, and with every great storm—from record-breaking Boston blizzards to floods in Houston—come buckets of stormwater and a deluge of problems. In Stormwater, William G. Wilson brings us the first expansive guide to stormwater science and management in urban environments, where rising runoff threatens both human and environmental health.

As Wilson shows, rivers of runoff flowing from manmade surfaces—such as roads, sidewalks, and industrial sites—carry a glut of sediments and pollutants. Unlike soil, pavement does not filter or biodegrade these contaminants. Oil, pesticides, road salts, metals, automobile chemicals, and bacteria all pour into stormwater systems. Often this runoff discharges directly into waterways, uncontrolled and untreated, damaging valuable ecosystems. Detailing the harm that can be caused by this urban runoff, Wilson also outlines methods of control, from restored watersheds to green roofs and rain gardens, and, in so doing, gives hope in the face of an omnipresent threat. Illustrated throughout, Stormwater will be an essential resource for urban planners and scientists, policy makers, citizen activists, and environmental educators in the stormy decades to come.

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As cities grow and climates change, precipitation increases, and with every great storm—from record-breaking Boston blizzards to floods in Houston—come buckets of stormwater and a deluge of problems. In Stormwater, William G. Wilson brings us the first expansive guide to stormwater science and management in urban environments, where ri...

William G. Wilson is an associate professor in the Department of Biology at Duke University. He is the author, most recently, of Constructed Climates: A Primer on Urban Environments, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:July 15, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022636500X

ISBN - 13:9780226365008

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“Original, thorough, and clear, Stormwater is a holistic, comprehensive primer that can be used by scientists, engineers, and policy makers alike. Indeed, it is the most comprehensive book to date on the chemical, physical, and biological aspects of stormwater, and on how we manage it, associated impacts, and controls. Excellent.”