Environmental Management

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 315–324 | Cite as

Modeling the relationship between development and storm water and nutrient runoff

  • Charles S. HopkinsonJr.
  • John W. DayJr.


The EPA Storm Water Management Model was used to model the effects of urban and agricultural development on storm water runoff from uplands bordering a Louisiana swamp forest. Using this model, we examined the effects of changing land use patterns. By 1995 it is projected that urban land on the uplands bordering the swamp will increase by 321 percent, primarily at the expense of land currently in agriculture. Simulation results indicate that urbanization will cause storm water runoff rates to be up to 4.2 times greater in 1995 than in 1975. Nutrient runoff will increase 28 percent for nitrogen (N) and 16 percent for phosphorus (P) during the same period. The environmental effects of these changes in the receiving swamp forest are examined.

Key words

Nutrient runoff Nonpoint pollution Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) Storm water runoff Urban development Water runoff 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles S. HopkinsonJr.
    • 1
  • John W. DayJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Coastal Ecology Laboratory Center for Wetland ResourcesLouisiana State UniversityBaton Rouge

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