As Time Goes By: Stormwater Facility Tracking and Management

Whitney Thomas, PE, CFM, Sr. Water Resources Engineer, WSP

Daniel Frisbee, Assistant Water Resources Engineer, WSP

As we head into the second decade of meeting regulatory requirements related to the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, we have started to gain an understanding of the effects of time on our green infrastructure and stormwater management facilities.  We’ve learned lessons about the importance of detail in design, construction methods, and maintenance that impact the longevity and success of our stormwater practices.  We’ve identified practices best suited for the coastal, piedmont, and mountainous areas of our region.  We have started to consider modifications to our modelling and designs to account for climate change impacts, but we had not anticipated for a disruption such as viral pandemic that would disrupt our daily operations.

Impacts of COVID on our municipalities have resulted in greater difficulty in facilitating many routine needs such as the inspection, maintenance, and tracking of infrastructure, including stormwater facilities.  Personnel, budgets, equipment, and resources have been stretched and health and safety materials have been intermittently scarce.  However, obstacles result in resourceful creativity.  This presentation will explore our stormwater management practices, the changes that occur within a best management practice over time, and methods that may be helpful to more efficiently inspect, maintain, and track the stormwater infrastructure that we’ve spent the last eleven years updating to improve the quality of our waters.

Author Bio

Whitney is a Senior Engineer at WSP, in Virginia Beach, with 10 years of experience in floodplain modelling, mapping, and management, H&H modelling, green infrastructure planning and design, watershed management, plan reviews, and permitting related to the NPDES/VPDES MS4 program. She has worked on municipal, federal, state, and non-profit stormwater projects throughout the mid-Atlantic states, including site and linear development projects. She enjoys looking for ways to incorporate green infrastructure in grey environments, and finds inspiration from her Appalachian Trail hike.

Daniel Frisbee is an Assistant Water Resources Engineer at WSP with experience in assisting with stormwater facility inspections, wetland delineation, and stormwater and erosion control plan development. He enjoys fishing and hiking, and designing stormwater facilities.