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Research is an important component to stormwater management. Research can update us on the most recent technologies, improved strategies, cost-effective data, or emerging issues that need to be addressed. Many of these reports listed are specific to stormwater and transportation.

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Green Highways Initiative (GHI) for Sustainable Watershed Management - GHI project assesses stormwater impacts of highway activities and aims to develop protocols for the management of watershed based resource protection.


Context Sensitive Solutions in Designing Major Urban Thoroughfares for Walkable Communities (PDF) (221 pp, 9.03MB) - Report by the Institute for Transportation Engineers (ITE) can be used as a guidance for roadway improvement projects.


Caltrans Monitoring Studies - Caltrans has developed a Number of Monitoring, research and applied studies.

Research Needs

Identification of Research Needs Related to Highway Runoff Management - Report by National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) summarizes stormwater management and research and identifies further needs.

Selecting Best Management Practices

Caltrans BMP Retrofit Pilot Program - Report on performance evaluation and cost of structural BMPs for treating stormwater runoff from Caltrans facilities.

Evaluation of BMPs for Highway Runoff Control - Guidance by National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) for selecting BMPs for highway runoff control.

Stormwater Quality Benefits of a Porous Asphalt Overlay (PDF) (15 pp, 308K) - Study that documents the impacts of porous asphalt overlay to the quality of highway stormwater runoff.

Tennessee State DOT Post-Construction Stormwater BMP Research Report (PDF) (285 pp, 19.79MB) - Includes research of other DOT post construction stormwater activities, how other DOTs are handling post-construction stormwater from highway and facility sites, and a literature review of post-construction BMPs.

Specific Pollutants

Preliminary Environmental Investigation of Heavy Metals in Highway Runoff (PDF) (43 pp, 454K) - Barber et al. Washington State University, 2006.

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