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Handbook of Water Sensitive Planning and Design

1st Edition

Edited by Robert L. France

CRC Press

699 pages | 392 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781566705622
pub: 2002-05-29
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Design options and planning procedures must be critically examined to ensure that landscapes are created with sensitivity to water quality and management issues as well as overall ecological integrity. Handbook of Water Sensitive Planning and Design presents the history of water as a design and planning element in landscape architecture and describes new interpretations of water management. This text pushes the frontiers of standard water management in new directions, challenging readers into abandoning the comfortable safety of conducting business-as-usual within narrow disciplinary confines, and instead directing views outward to the exciting and incompletely mapped regions of true interdisciplinary water sensitive planning and design.

With contributions from renowned practitioners, Part I provides seventeen chapters addressing the subject of site-specific water sensitive design and Part II presents another seventeen chapters focusing on issues relating to the water sensitive planning of riparian buffers and watersheds. In addition, Professor France has provided a "Response" to accompany each chapter, which succinctly underscores the salient features in more detail and emphasizes cross-linking to other chapters in the book. The "Overview" provides a brief road-map to navigate through the section. Finally, the discussion summaries at the end of each section elaborate on past problems, current challenges, and future directions. Handbook of Water Sensitive Planning and Design puts forward the very best of modern water sensitive planning and design and should be required reading for everyone involved in this dynamic and crucial field.


”The book demonstrated an extremely broad range of interests and professional approaches within water-sensitive planning and design. It will be an important reference to environmental hydrogeologists, hydrologists, scientists, and graduate students.”

— Fakhry A. Assaad, Consultant Geologist and Data Analyst, in International Journal of Geosciences, Vol. 49, No. 3, June 2006

"To the practitioner, the chapters dedicated to built projects offer the most value. Here designers speculate upon the meaning of a renewed attitude and relationship with water when brought to the built form of their projects. These projects, such as 'Water Gardens as Stormwater Infrastructure (Portland, Oregon)' by Thomas Liptan and Robert Murase, showcase how a water sensitive approach is as much about conceptual principles and technical skills as it is about enriched artistic expression."

—Matthew J. Tucker, Conservation Design Forum

Table of Contents

Background — Perspectives of Water Management: Representative Examples from the Recent Literature, Robert France


Stormwater Management and Stormwater Restoration, Bruce K. Ferguson

Successful Stormwater Management Ponds (Massachusetts), Desheng Wang

Open Spaces and Impervious Surfaces: Model Development Principles and Benefits, Jennifer A. Zielinski

Post-Industrial Watersheds: Retrofits and Restorative Redevelopment, (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Richard D. Pinkham and Timothy Collins

Low-Impact Development: An Alternative Stormwater

Management Technology, Larry S. Coffman

Water Gardens as Stormwater Infrastructure (Portland, Oregon), Thomas Liptan and Robert K. Murase

Retaining Water: Technical Support for Capturing Parking Lot Runoff (Ithaca, New York), Robert France and Philip Craul

A Productive Stormwater Park (Farmington, Minnesota), Diana Balmori

A Stormwater Wetland Becomes a Nature Park

(British Columbia, Canada), Catherine Berris

Wetlands-Based Indirect Potable Reuse Project (West Palm Beach, Florida), Larry N. Schwartz, Lee P. Wiseman, and W. Erik Olson

Restoring Urban Wetland — Pond Systems (Boston, Massachusetts), Clarissa Rowe

Water Connections: Wetlands for Science Instruction (Wichita, Kansas), Robert France and Kaki Martin

Constructed Wetlands and Stormwater Management at the Northern Water Feature (Sydney Olympic Park), Glenn Allen

Principles and Applications of Wetland Park Creation, James S. Bays

Applications of Low-Impact Development Techniques (Maryland), Michael L. Clar

Restoring and Protecting a Small, Urban Lake (Boston, Massachusetts), Nicholas Pouder and Robert France

Integrated Ecology, Geomorphology, and Bioengineering for Watershed-Friendly Design, Wendi Goldsmith


Shoreline Buffers: Protecting Water Quality and Biological Diversity, (New Hampshire), Frank Mitchell

River Restoration Planning (Connecticut), James G. MacBroom

Greenways as Green Infrastructure in the New Millennium, Charles A. Flink

Natural Resource Stewardship Planning and Design: Fresh Pond Reservation (Massachusetts), Thomas S. Benjamin

Treating Rivers as Systems to Meet Multiple Objectives, Leslie Zucker, Anne Weekes, Mark Vian, and Jay D. Dorsey

What Progress has been Made in the Remedial Action Plan Program After Ten Years of Effort? (Ontario, Canada), Gail Krantzberg and Judi Barnes

Watershed Management Plans: Bridging from Science to Policy to Operations (San Francisco, California), David Blau

Watershed Assessment Planning Process Assessment (Johnson County, Kansas),

Dennis A. Haag, Stephen A. Hurst, and Bryan J. Bear

Urban Watershed Management (Detroit, Michigan),

Kelly A. Cave

Modeling a Soil Moisture Index Using Geographic Information Systems in a Developing Country Context (Thailand), John S. Felkner and Michael W. Binford

The Design of Regions: A Watershed Planning Approach to Sustainability, Daniel Williams

GIS Watershed Mapping: Developing and Implementing a Watershed Natural Resources Inventory (New Hampshire), Jeffrey A. Schloss

The Effect of Spatial Location in Land–Water Interactions: A Comparison of Two Modeling Approaches to Support Watershed Planning (Newfoundland, Canada), Margot Young Cantwell

Spatial Investigation of Applying Ontario’s Timber Management Guidelines: GIS Analysis for Riparian Areas of Concern, Robert France, John S. Felkner, Michael Flaxman, and Robert Rempel

Aquifer Recharge Management Model: Evaluating the Impacts of Urban Development on Groundwater Resources (Galilee, Israel), Amir Mueller, Robert France, and Carl Steinitz

Factors Influencing Sediment Transport from Logging Roads near Boreal Trout Lakes (Ontario, Canada), Robert France

Limnology, Plumbing and Planning: Evaluation of Nutrient-Based Limits to Shoreline Development in Precambrian Shield Watersheds, Neil J. Hutchinson

Postscript: Implementing Water Sensitive Planning and Design


Each Section Begins with an Overview and Concludes with Discussion Summaries.

Responses by Robert France accompany each chapter.

About the Series

Integrative Studies in Water Management & Land Deve

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General