Incorporating Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management at Airports

Airport stormwater has traditionally been managed with "gray" infrastructure which uses curbs, inlets, and pipes to move water offsite as quickly as possible with little, if any, water quality treatment. Yet moving water by pipes does not allow the water to infiltrate the ground, decreasing the opportunity for local watersheds to maintain healthy water levels. Furthermore, piping often sends large, inconsistent amounts of polluted water into a water body all at one time causing habitat damage, scouring of waterways, and occasional downstream flooding. As a result, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is promoting green stormwater techniques, systems, and processes that mimic natural hydrological systems by filtering and infiltrating stormwater. Examples include bioretention, stormwater planters, bioswales, porous paving and pavers, engineered soils, and drainage wells. In addition, municipalities are moving toward green infrastructure to reduce capital costs and improve water quality while reducing flooding and water treatment costs. Research is needed to identify green infrastructure techniques for managing stormwater that are consistent with the unique operational aspects of airports. The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook to help airports identify and implement viable green infrastructure techniques to supplement or replace traditional stormwater management methods on airport property.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $350000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-62

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Greenberger, Marci

  • Start Date: 20141112
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37581

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543339
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-62
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 13 2014 1:00AM