Plan Ahead for Stormwater Runoff & Improve Service to Your Community

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December 9, 2021 | Meg Riley

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It rains, it pours. And when it pours, our cities produce what is called stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff is what happens when rain falls on roads, driveways, parking lots, and other paved surfaces that do not allow water to soak into the ground. 

Due to this challenge, the risk of flood is heightened. We care for our cities, our homes, and our communities; Of course, we don’t want to see them flooded. To mitigate the risk of flooding (and prevent flood when possible), it’s best to create a sustainable, environmentally-sensitive drainage design which mimics the natural hydrology of a developed site. By doing this, we’re better able to plan ahead and prepare for stormwater runoff and its effects that could lead to flood. 


How do you plan for flood, while still staying compliant? 

The key to planning ahead for flooding is building a hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) model that can help to estimate flood risk and present the data in an easy-to-digest, visual format for engineering teams. With the right drainage design software solution, it's even easier to create clear, easy-to-interpret designs in industry-standard formats that help streamline the approval process. Approving authorities can clearly identify compliance, ensure projects are meeting requirements, and confidently enable accountability for engineering teams. Taking that into account, we have a solution, that produces clear designs that are easy to understand and make reviews straightforward. 


How can drainage design help us improve our public and environmental health? 

Not only will our solution reduce the time taken during the approval process, but low-impact drainage design help prevent flooding. They do this by lengthening the time it takes stormwater to reach traditional drainage or river channels which is much more similar to the existing hydrology of a site 

We can also improve water quality by retaining water, encouraging infiltration, and increasing plant nutrient uptake using environmentally-sensitive drainage structures that can prevent pollutants from getting into our water system.  


How to improve service to your community 

We can better help our communities improve our health and environmental resilience by supporting green infrastructure. The key is ensuring that we know flood may happen, when it does happen, and whether or not it will impact homes, businesses, overtopping roads, or other sources.  

Additionally, stormwater contains pollutants that can harm public health and risk our safety. By designing an infrastructure that prepares for stormwater runoff (especially in wetter months with higher rainfall), we can better protect ourselves and our community. 


There’s a solution! 

There is a software solution with those concerns in mind. InfoDrainage is a full design and analysis solution for designers, developers, landscape architects, engineers, consultants, and approval authorities. It supports green infrastructure across the lifecycle of any drainage design project from initial concept through to detailed designs for approvals, in a single package. 

Deliver sustainable, optimally sized, and cost-effective designs on time and on budget, while meeting regulatory requirements, with InfoDrainage by Innovyze. 

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Tags: InfoDrainage, Drainage Design, Stormwater Runoff

About the Authors

Meg Riley

Meg Riley

Digital Content Specialist


Meg Riley is a digital content specialist with a ten-year background in content writing.