" BES Project Abstracts 2006
Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2006 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

Effectiveness of Street Sweeping and Storm Drain Cleanouts as Stormwater BMP’s
DiBlasi, Catherine
Co-Authors: Catherine DiBlasi (UMBC Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering - MS student), Dr. Upal Ghosh (UMBC Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Abstract: Municipal street sweeping and storm-drain cleanouts are widely used as stormwater best management practices (BMP’s) in urban environments. However, little data has been published on the effectiveness of these practices in reducing stormwater pollutant loads. A two-year research project is currently underway to develop improved estimates of the potential pollutant reductions possible through street sweeping and storm-drain cleanouts. Performance of these practices will be examined through a literature review, a multi-state municipal survey, and an intensive field monitoring program in Watershed 263 in Baltimore, Maryland. The literature review and municipal survey have been completed and the field work is ongoing through Spring of 2007. The field monitoring component will focus largely on nutrient and sediment loads in stormwater, a major concern in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Results of this research will enable municipalities to maximize the effectiveness of two practices that are already implemented to achieve the greatest pollutant reductions possible.