WATER RESOURCES PLANNING
Pre & Post Development Planning
WRMA assists developers and municipalities by providing planning services for new sub-divisions and municipal facilities, or existing facilities undergoing modifications to ensure their impact on local water resources is adressed and will not hinder the permitting process. Our planning approach begins with an analysis of existing water resources and includes stormwater management planning, green infrastructure integration and hydraulic floodplain analysis to determine if your project lies within, or will impact the 100-year floodplain boundary. WRMA has diverse experience and detailed knowledge of FEMA's new map modernization (MAPMOD) program as well as preparation of FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) applications. The HMGP provides grants to States and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The HMGP is authorized under Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. WRMA can guide your organization through the application process.
Water Quality Planning
Water quality planning over the last two decades has begun to take a larger role in master planning as the quality of our nation's water resources has moved to the forefront of the national consciousness and has become a major concern for both environmental, potlitical and regulatory organizations. Counties, cities and water districts alike have begun to include water quality best management practices (BMPs) when developing stormwater management standards and details. Today, the implementation of stormwater BPMs is a typical item for developers, not only from a regulatory standpoint, but also because the quantity of available real estate for siting more traditional stormwater management infrastructure like detention ponds, has been reduced particularly in more highly urbanized and metropolitan areas. WRMA's engineering team is experienced in the implementation of water quality BMPs and green infrastructure. Whether developing new real estate or bringing an existing site up to standard, WRMA can guide your organization from conceptual design through to the construction phases to provide an outcome which is both compliant with today's regulatory environment, functional and fits or even enhances the aesthetic themes of your site.
Watershed master planning can be a complex but absolutely crucial part of a city or county's master planning process. While nobody can predict the future, implementing basic watershed planning measures now can provide a large degree of flexibilty for future decision makers. Sea level rise, for example is a reality that many counties in Florida have begun to recognize as a potential threat. Through simple modifications of the building and zoning codes, future tax payers could potentially be saved from having to perform large infrastructure projects to save public and private property from sea water inundation. For a more real example, a simple web search of California's water shortage and drought challenges can present a very real wake-up call to city and county governments of the consequences of poor watershed planning. WRMA's watershed planning process combines several facets of pre/post development planning and water quality planning with master planning to develop master plans (or modify existing plans) which deal with today's water challenges while also providing the flexibility to deal with the unpredictable and costly nature of water management issues in the decades to come. Through analysis of existing zoning plans and building codes, WRMA can craft a watershed masterplan which is based on both current and forecasted zoning as well as advanced hydrologic and hydraulic models to characterize the effects of current and future development on the surrounding water resources.