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Implementing Stormwater Best Management Practice Retrofits in Wilmington, NC

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  2007 ASAE Annual Meeting  077087.(doi:10.13031/2013.23017)
Authors:   Jason D Wright, William F Hunt, Michael R Burchell, Christy A Perrin
Keywords:   Stormwater, BMPs, Urban Retrofits, Bioretention, Wetlands, Permeable Pavement

Burnt Mill Creek, located within downtown Wilmington, NC, is on the EPA's 303(d) list for impairment due in large part to urban stormwater runoff. The urban nature of the watershed presents challenges for restoration because of the varying land uses including single and multi-family residential areas, recreational parks, and commercial and industrial areas. Restoration efforts are multiplying in Burnt Mill Creek as a result of passionate involvement from local community leaders, and partnerships with state organizations. Watershed Education for Communities and Local Officials (WECO) coordinated a partnership, with NCSU BAE, the City of Wilmington, and several other key state and local organizations and citizens groups, to obtain an EPA 319 grant that addresses stormwater management in the watershed. Community involvement has led to several retrofit BMP opportunities, including pervious pavement and rain gardens at a local YMCA, two bioretention cells installed in the parking lot at Port City Java's corporate headquarters, and a stormwater wetland at a townhome community. This paper describes the urban retro-fit BMPs that have been constructed.

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