EPA Releases New Tool for Stormwater Climate Change

EPA Releases New Tool for Stormwater Climate Change

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan “Virtual Climate Resilience Toolkit”, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of the Climate Adjustment Tool for EPA’s Stormwater Management Model. This downloadable, online simulation model allows engineers and planners to evaluate the performance of water infrastructures while considering future climate changes.

“The new tool will enable users to add climate projections based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s climate change scenarios to existing simulations to determine the quality of water traveling through traditional infrastructure – a system of gutters, storm drains, pipes, channels, collection tanks and storage devices. The tool also has the ability to model the performance of green infrastructure practices, including permeable pavement, rain gardens, and green roofs. Engineers and planners are able to accurately represent any combination of traditional and green infrastructure practices within an area to determine their effectiveness in managing stormwater and combined sewer overflows in their community.

Stormwater runoff is a major environmental problem resulting in flooding, erosion, and contaminated waters.  Every year billions of gallons of raw sewage, trash, household chemicals, fertilizers, and urban runoff flow into our streams, rivers and lakes. Polluted stormwater runoff can adversely affect plants, animals, and people.”

If you or your company are in need of Stormwater Environmental Training, visit us ecatts.com for more information on our training courses. We offer training models ranging from general awareness to comprehensive overview and erosion and sediment control.

Quotes cited from the EPA’s News Release on the Stormwater Management Model and Climate Adjustment Tool. For more information on the tool, visit: http://www2.epa.gov/water-research/storm-water-management-model-swmm

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