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Conservation Development and Ecological Stormwater Management: An Ecological Systems Approach™
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Paper number 701P0904, . (doi: 10.13031/2013.17394)
Authors: D. M. Mensing and K. A. Chapman
Keywords: Conservation development, low impact development, storm water management, ecology
Conventional development practices often eliminate or significantly compromise natural resources and their associated ecological systems. Native habitats are typically lost, fragmented, or degraded, and hydrologic systems modified significantly, reducing water quality and causing more volatile flows and water level fluctuations. Increasing and inevitable development across the country requires that approaches to development address and reduce these adverse ecological impacts if conservation objectives and sustainable communities are to be achieved.