The environmental impact of human activity is well-documented, particularly in the construction sector. Local ecosystems and more are impacted when land is reshaped. Moreover, the conflict between man and nature continues long after a project is finished.
Stormwater and melted snow and ice are two examples of this. There are two key issues in any construction project: what water touches and how fast it touches. Any project would be incomplete without a stormwater management strategy.
Why Is a Stormwater Management Plan Essential To Manage Stormwater?
We eventually disturb nature if we build anything on the land. In addition, land disturbance adversely affects stormwater flow, which is not entirely surprising.
Nothing should be taken for granted that the structure of the land is interfering with water’s natural flow and ability to soak into the earth. However, limiting and inhibiting these capacities can have a negative impact on the surrounding environment and infrastructure.
Water runoff contamination is as important as the flow itself, if not more so. Water will always find a way to reach a natural body of water, no matter what obstacles are in its path. As it rolls over rooftops, sidewalks, and other impervious surfaces, any harsh chemicals in these places poison the water.
Any animal or plant coming in contact with those toxins could be harmed or even killed. People who live near bodies of water that may serve as a source of drinking water are at particular risk.
Construction projects of any size are sure to cause severe water pollution. Therefore, each construction project must ensure that rainwater is not impacted by its activities from start to finish and beyond.
Stormwater Management Plan
When dealing with stormwater, it has always been treated as a nuisance and a threat that must be dealt with swiftly and inexpensively. However, as the public becomes more aware of stormwater’s negative effects, the appropriateness of a single-focus approach is being questioned.
The council approved two Stormwater Management Plan (SMPs) in 2013. Stormwater runoff from the city is managed in both ways to provide a more integrated approach to the city’s stormwater management.
The following are listed in the plans:
- The dangers of flooding and how to prevent them.
- Efforts and actions are required to raise the standard of the water.
- Potential for Ecological & biodiversity enhancements.
- Further research into the possibility of harvesting and reusing stormwater.
Flooding has been a problem in many Adelaide areas for decades since the land is flat and adjacent to sea level, and much of the drainage infrastructure is in poor condition.
Computer modelling techniques have been used to build flood-plain maps for two of our city’s most important areas. Large storms, such as those that occur only once every 100 years or so, can be predicted using this model.
The initial evaluation deemed the stormwater infrastructure in good or sufficient condition. Through careful foresight, we’ve been able to reserve substantial sums of money for replacing or upgrading our current stormwater systems within the next two decades.