Urban Street Stormwater Guide
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Streets make up more than 80 percent of all public space in cities, yet street space is often underutilized or disproportionately allocated to the movement of private motor vehicles. Excess impervious surface contributes to stormwater runoff, posing a threat to the environment and human health, and often overwhelming sewer systems. This excess asphalt also poses a threat to public safety, encouraging faster speeds and dangerous conditions for people walking and biking.
The Urban Street Stormwater Guide begins from the principle that street design can support—or degrade—the urban area’s overall environmental health. By incorporating Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) into the right-of-way, cities can manage stormwater and reap the public health, environmental, and aesthetic benefits of street trees, planters, and greenery in the public realm. With thoughtful design, GSI can bolster strategies to provide a safe and pleasant walking and biking experience, efficient and reliable transit service, and safer streets for all users.
Building on the successful NACTO urban street guides, the Urban Street Stormwater Guide provides the best practices for the design of GSI along transportation corridors. The authors consider context-sensitive design elements related to street design, character and use, zoning, posted speed, traffic volumes, and impacts to non-motorized and vehicular access. The Guide documents and synthesizes current practices being developed by individual agencies and recommends design guidance for implementation, as well as explores innovative new strategies being tested in cities nationwide. The guidance will focus on providing safe, functioning and maintainable infrastructure that meets the unique needs and requirements of the transportation corridors and its various uses and users.
The state-of-the-art solutions in this guide will assist urban planners and designers, transportation engineers, city officials, ecologists, public works officials, and others interested in the role of the built urban landscape in protecting the climate, water quality, and natural environment.
"Makes the case that green stormwater infrastructure can be combined with transportation infrastructure projects to help cities meet their stormwater management goals, save money and, in some cases, make streets safer for walking and biking...The [Urban Street Stormwater Guide] provides a variety of green stormwater infrastructure designs for cities to implement, from major capital projects to low-cost neighborhood intersection treatments."
"The Urban Street Stormwater Guide synthesizes a wealth of local experience into a national resource for sustainable design. The result of a collaboration between transportation and stormwater experts in multiple cities, the guide illustrates how streets of every size can incorporate stormwater management techniques with sustainable, multi-modal mobility. This guide provides the tools necessary to find value in water and to design better cities."
Mami Hara, General Manager/CEO, Seattle Public Utilities
"Too often we've learned the hard way that the water always wins. This guide sets out a bold vision for how cities can work with water, not against it. It is a blueprint for how to create safe, complete streets that view stormwater as a resource to be integrated into the natural fabric of the cities we want."
Darryl Young, Director, Sustainable Cities, Summit Foundation
"This book is full of best practices from the city officials who have been implementing urban street stormwater solutions in the real world, and brings them together in an easy-to-use manual of the caliber of NACTO's earlier guides. It will influence the direction of practice in the same way, giving confidence to those who want to implement these ideas on their own streets."
Janet L. Attarian, Deputy Director, Planning and Development, City of Detroit
About the Guide
How to Use the Guide
NACTO & ASCE
Chapter 1. Streets as Ecosystems
Green Street Principles
Thinking of Streets as Ecosystems
-Placemaking vs. Performance
-Planning the Water Network
-Integrating Green Stormwater Infrastructure
Chapter 2. Stormwater Streets
The Stormwater Network
-Ultra Urban Green Street
-Neighborhood Main Street
-Commercial Shared Street
-Residential Shared Street
Chapter 3. Designing for Stormwater
General Design Considerations for a Street
Siting GSI in the Right-of-Way
-Planting Strip/Amenity Zone
-Curbside parking/bike lane
Green Infrastructure Elements
-Bioretention with Graded Side Slopes
-Bioretention with Vertical Walls
-Bioretention with Hybrid Sides
Green Infrastructure Design
-Length of a Bioretention Cell
-Presettling or Pretreatment
-Trees and Plantings
Chapter 4. Design Considerations
-Street hydrology and stormwater runoff
-Volume Managed vs. Water Quality Design
-Drainage basin type
-Service and franchise utilities
-Weather/Climate of a region
-Existing infrastructure and adjacent buildings
Chapter 5. Partnerships & Performance
-Citywide Plans & Strategies for Stormwater Management
-Operations and Maintenance
Webinar: NACTO’s Urban Street Stormwater Guide
June 29, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Excess impervious surface contributes to stormwater runoff, posing a threat to the environment and human health, and often overwhelming sewer systems. By incorporating Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) into the right-of-way, cities can manage stormwater and reap the public health, environmental, and aesthetic benefits of street trees, planters, and greenery in the public realm. With thoughtful design, GSI can bolster strategies to provide a safe and pleasant walking and biking experience, efficient and reliable transit service, and safer streets for all users.
Join NACTO, River Network, and Island Press for an up close look at the forthcoming Urban Street Stormwater Guide, and learn how to provide safe, functioning, and maintainable infrastructure that meets the unique needs and requirements of the transportation corridors and its various uses and users.
Corinne Kisner, Director of Policy and Special Projects, NACTO
Lacy Shelby, Director of Resiliency Planning and Management at New York City Department of Transportation
Shanti Colwell, GSI Program Manager, Seattle Public Utilities
Excess asphalt contributes to stormwater runoff, which can carry pollutants into water bodies and overwhelm sewer systems. As more and more cities reclaim street space for human life and habitat and enact far-reaching plans to address climate change, there is need for guidance on how to integrate valuable ecological processes into urban streets.
Building on their successful series of street design guides, NACTO’s Urban Street Stormwater Guide provides practitioners, leaders, and other advocates with the tools to design streets for successful stormwater management. From bioswales in the bikeway buffer zone to using street trees to improve the experience waiting at a transit stop, the Urban Street Stormwater Guide is a collection of creative, proven innovations for incorporating green stormwater infrastructure into the right of way. It will help cities manage stormwater and reap the public health, environmental, and aesthetic benefits of street trees, planters, and greenery in the public realm, while enabling cities to build safer streets for everyone.
Read Chapter 2: Planning for Stormwater for free below.
Katharine Sucher is the Publicity & Marketing Assistant at Island Press.