Storm water management’s history started in the 80s when the EPA did a Nationwide Urban run-off Program (NURP) study. This study was to evaluate the extent of the effects of urban run-off on water quality problems, and also to evaluate how to control urban run-off. The recommendation that resulted from the NURP study was that urban run-off should be added to the list of environmental issues that require control in order to protect water quality. Continue reading
Parts of Australia are particularly susceptible to storms during summer months, with Queensland and the Northern Territory especially necessitating precautions. Both property owners and managers need to avoid the potential of damage created by weather related events, and the following insurance woes.
The solutions of course start with storm water design, properties that have sufficient run-off capabilities will be much less likely to suffer the adverse effects of events like flooding. However, there are things to look out for that are applicable no matter what storm water design you have in place. Wind can be an influence that requires other forms of preparation to avoid damaging effects. Ensuring that loose items such as outdoor furniture are properly fixed where possible, and that debris, rubbish, and lighter objects such as unstable plant pots are kept clear of common areas, will prevent many hazards that extreme winds pose. Continue reading