Understanding the role of land use in urban stormwater quality management

Goonetilleke, Ashantha, Thomas, Evan C., Ginn, Simon P., & Gilbert, Dale (2005) Understanding the role of land use in urban stormwater quality management. Journal of Environmental Management, 74(1), pp. 31-42.

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Urbanisation significantly impacts on water environments with increased runoff and the degradation of water quality. The management of quantity impacts are straight forward, but quality impacts are far more complex. Current approaches to safeguard water quality are largely ineffective and guided by entrenched misconceptions with a primary focus on ‘end-of-pipe’ solutions. The outcomes of a research study presented in the paper, which investigated relationships between water quality and six different land uses offer practical guidance in the planning of future urban developments. In terms of safeguarding water quality, high density residential development which results in a relatively smaller footprint would be the preferred option. The research study outcomes bring into question a number of fundamental concepts and misconceptions routinely accepted in stormwater quality management. The research findings confirmed the need to move beyond customary structural measures and identified the key role that urban planning can play in safeguarding urban water environments.

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ID Code: 3981
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: multivariate analysis, stormwater quality management, urban water quality, water quality impacts
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2004.08.006
ISSN: 0301-4797
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Water Quality Engineering (090508)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (090700) > Environmental Engineering Modelling (090702)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 04 May 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:14

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