What is an Integrated Storm Water Management Plan and why is it important?
Most municipalities require new land developments to submit an Integrated Storm Water Management Plan. Ultimately the objective of an integrated Storm Water Management Plan is to balance land use planning, storm water engineering, flood and erosion protection and environmental protection. The plan usually contains a proactive plan to mimic natural ecosystem processes, maximize watershed values and prevent future problems within an urban landscape. There is no universal storm water management technique however one example of drainage management includes detention ponds. Detention ponds are designed to hold the water temporarily in a pond to allow some sediment to sink into the bottom to allow cleaner water to flow to neighbourhood streams. Each development requires a strategic plan to address a variety of concerns such as pollutant control, protecting property, rainwater integration with land use and flood hazard mapping.