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Fact Sheet 2008–3101

Management of Urban Stormwater Runoff in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

By Dianna Hogan

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Urban and suburban development is associated with elevated nutrients, sediment, and other pollutants in stormwater runoff, impacting the physical and environmental health of area streams and downstream water bodies such as the Chesapeake Bay. Stormwater management facilities, also known as Best Management Practices (BMPs), are increasingly being used in urban areas to replace functions, such as flood protection and water quality improvement, originally performed by wetlands and riparian areas.

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have partnered with local, academic, and other Federal agency scientists to better understand the effectiveness of different stormwater management systems with respect to Chesapeake Bay health. Management of stormwater runoff is necessary in urban areas to address flooding and water quality concerns. Improving our understanding of what stormwater management actions may be best suited for different types of developed areas could help protect the environmental health of downstream water bodies that ultimately receive runoff from urban landscapes.

First posted February 2009

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Suggested citation:
Hogan, D.M., 2008, Management of urban stormwater runoff in the Chesapeake Bay watershed: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2008–3101, 3 p., available online at

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