Journal article

Can stormwater control measures restore altered urban flow regimes at the catchment scale?

Congying Li, Tim D Fletcher, Hugh P Duncan, Matthew J Burns



Over the last 20–30 years, there has been an evolution in urban stormwater management towards the use of stormwater control measures (SCMs) at or near the source of the runoff. These approaches aim to protect or restore natural elements of the flow regime. However, evidence of the success of such approaches is to date limited. We reviewed attempts to both model and monitor the catchment-scale hydrological consequences of SCMs. While many catchment-scale studies on the hydrologic effects of SCMs are based on computer simulation, these modeling approaches are limited by many uncertainties. The few existing monitoring studies provide early indications of the potential of SCMs to deliver more na..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by Australian Research Council Future Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian Research Council (LP1300100295). The authors were supported by University of Melbourne Research Scholarship (MRS, CL), an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT10010044, TDF), and Melbourne Water, through the Melbourne Waterway Research-Practice Partnership (TDF, MJB, HPD). We would like to thank the editors and two anonymous reviewers for their extremely helpful and detailed comments, which have substantially improved the paper.