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Historically, the focus of storm drainage planning and design throughout the U.S. has been to move stormwater as quickly as possible away from where it falls and into pipes and channels. As a result, many of the urban streams and canals have been made straighter, deeper, and concrete lined to accommodate increased runoff volumes and velocities. Stormwater has been treated as a waste product rather than a resource. Time has proven this to be a flawed approach and has resulted in localized flooding throughout the Parish.

Corporation Canal is an example of this outmoded approach to stormwater management. Before the Corporation Canal was straightened and lined with concrete in 1971, it was known as Bayou Duplantier. The engineered modification did not alleviate the problem and the community continues to experience substantial flooding. The channelization of Bayou Duplantier was a missed opportunity to manage flooding in a more effective manner which would have enhanced the community’s connection to the bayou.

As Baton Rouge moves forward, priority should be given to using drainage areas as public space for trails and wildlife corridors. Restoration of waterways should include naturalization of stream banks and lake edges, development of riparian buffers along stream corridors, and reestablishment of wetland systems for better stormwater collection and treatment.

Surface Water Resources

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Stormwater Workshop Information


Wetlands Contractor and Developer Stormwater Workshop
August 15, 2007

Agenda This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Session I - Ron Gray
Introduction to Stormwater Program This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Session II - Ron Gray
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Session III - Melissa Guilbeau, AICP
Proposed Stormwater Management Plan This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Session IV - Dana Brown, ASLA
Stormwater Best Management Practice Handbook Presentation

Session V - David Batts
Building the BMP: Construction Specifications This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Session VI - Roland Gonzales
Building the BMP: Paver Construction This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Session VII - Rick Webb
Building the BMP: Type of Plants This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Session VIII - Kevin Robert Perry, ASLA
Sustainable Stormwater Management Case Study This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Stormwater Workshop II
May 11, 2007

Agenda Summary This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Session I
Ellen Miller, Assistant Planning Director
Workshop Overview and Introduction

Session II - Jan Boydston (LDEQ)
Presentation: Stormwater Requirements This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Corry Gallo
Presentation: Stormwater Best Management Practice Implementation This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Session III - Dr. Zhi Qiang Deng
Presentation: Best Management Practice Construction and Maintenance This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Session 4 - Kevin Shanley
Presentation: Best Management Practice Construction and Maintenance This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Stormwater Best Management Practices Workshop III
July 13, 2007

Wetlands Stormwater Agenda This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Session I - Bill Honker, P.E.
Presentation: Federal Regulations from the Clean Water Act This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Session II - John H. Pardue
Presentation: Land Use Planning and Stormwater Management This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Session III - Chris Piehler
Presentation: Regional Approaches to Stormwater Management This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com

Session IV - Hope Herron
Presentation: Gulf Coast Trends and BMP This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com