Jordan Cove Urban Watershed National Monitoring Project

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Stormwater runoff from the traditional section is collected by curbs and catch basins, then piped through a stormwater treatment system before entering Nevins Brook, a tributary of Jordan Brook and, ultimately, Jordan Cove and Long IslandSound. Homeowners will not be subjected to any enhanced environmental education, or restrictions on how they manage their properties.

The BMP neighborhood will feature grass swales; roof leader “rain gardens;” shared, permeable driveways; small building “foot-prints;“deed restrictions on increasing impervious surfaces; “low-mow,““no-mow,“and conservation zones; a narrower, permeable road surface (interlocking concrete pavement); and a vegetated infiltration basin, or bioretention area, located inside a “tear-drop” cul de sac. Several different driveway surfaces will be utilized, including interlocking concrete pavement, gravel, concrete tire strips, and permeable asphalt, and monitored for their relative runoff rates. Homeowners and town road maintenance crews will be encouraged to adopt pollution prevention techniques, including controlled fertilizer and pesticide application, pet waste management, street sweeping/vacuuming, and reduced use ofdeicing agents.

The BMP neighborhood is expected to generate less stormwater runoff and pollution. Monitoring conducted before, during and after construction will document actual results. The Jordan Cove project team comprises a true public/privatepartnership, with researchers and educators from the University of Connecticut; federal, state, and local government officials; private consulting firms; and the developer.


Originally presented at the National Conference on Tools for Urban Water Resource Management and Protection Proceedings that was held on February 7-10, 2000 in Chicago, Illinois.