Development of a storm water master plan for the Upper Yellow River and Sweetwater Creek
Goodwin, Craig N.
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Gwinnett County is currently completing a Storm Water Master Plan in Sweetwater Creek and Upper Yellow River as a part of implementing recommendations of their county-wide watershed assessment. The Master Planning process has focused on the watersheds within the county with the greatest amount of growth and development and largest degree of stream degradation as determined by the watershed assessment. The project goals are to 1) identify existing conditions of streams and stormwater BMPs, 2) make recommendations for stream restoration and stormwater BMP projects, and 3) prepare a capital improvement program list that includes costs and benefits of the recommended projects. This paper presents methodology to rapidly assess existing stream and BMP conditions and evaluation criteria used to recommend the most effective capital improvement projects.