This addresses the knowledge gap regarding the watershed-scale effectiveness of urban stormwater BMPS, starting with how many BMPs it takes to show statistically significant water quality improvement and extending to the willingness of landowners to adopt. We anticipate the following results from this project:
- Evaluation of the level of BMP adoption, water quality sampling frequency and sample number needed to enact and detect meaningful water quality improvement;
- Increased understanding of what motivates urban and suburban landowners to adopt and maintain stormwater conservation practices;
- Increased understanding of how stormwater conservation practices spread or penetrate throughout a community; and
- Specific watershed management planning recommendations for setting adoption goals, reaching potential adopters, educating landowners and monitoring for change.