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THE REGIONAL STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PLAN: A TMDL IMPLEMENTATION TOOL
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Watershed Management to Meet Water Quality Standards and Emerging TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Proceedings of the Third Conference 5-9 March 2005 (Atlanta, Georgia USA) Publication Date 5 March 2005 701P0105.(doi:10.13031/2013.18095)
Authors: C.C. Obropta and S.M. Goodrow
Keywords: Regional Stormwater Management Plan, RSWMP, watershed model, water quality model, Total Maximum Daily Load, TMDL, implementation, nonpoint source, NPS, Best Management Practice, BMP
New Jersey’s approach for stormwater management has been on a site specific basis. Each
development is responsible for constructing stormwater facilities. These facilities have handled
runoff without considering the impact to properties upstream or downstream of the development.
With the adoption of the New Jersey Stormwater Management Rules in January of 2004, there is
now a process for addressing stormwater on a watershed basis through the development of
Regional Stormwater Management Plans (RSWMPs). These regional plans aim to minimize
flooding, eliminate nonpoint source pollution, and promote groundwater recharge. These plans
also provide an opportunity to address the implementation of Total Maximum Daily Loads
(TMDLs) for impaired waterways by evaluating areas within the drainage basin that contribute
stormwater runoff to those impaired streams.