Aug 15, 2012

National Academy of Sciences Selects RBF for Research Project

Research aimed at gathering information for meeting storm water quality regulations within DOTs

department transportation BMP research

RBF Consulting (RBF) was recently selected by the National Academy of Sciences for an applied research project to assess long-term performance of Best Management Practices (BMPs), maintenance requirements and total life cycle costs. This research relates to meeting storm water quality regulations within state departments of transportation (DOTs) across the U.S.

This study will provide needed information to assist DOTs in developing planning level strategies and project specific designs to comply with regulations targeted at reducing storm water pollution. Information from all 50 state DOTs will be reviewed to develop tools for addressing increasing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) compliance obligations and contaminated sediment issues with increasingly limited resources.

"We believe that this research plan is very timely and will help solve several issues that DOTs now face with the selection of Best Management Practices," indicated Scott Taylor, senior vice president and surface water practice leader of RBF. "This research will provide DOTs with a systematic method to optimize various strategies and a selection tool that will confirm compliance."

An online survey will be used to obtain information from DOTs. The team will work with FHWA and USEPA to obtain current information for BMP long-term performance, cost of operation and maintenance. USEPA will be consulted relative to ongoing research and guidance for green infrastructure, as well as for information regarding the proposed rule making for storm water, which may impose requirements on DOT storm water programs and BMP design in the future.

This research is being conducted to ultimately improve storm water quality from highway runoff and reduce pollution in the nation's rivers, lakes, bays and oceans. The project is expected to be completed in about two years.