The importance of community engagement and education in sustainable storm water management

By John Cee Onwualu (FNSE, FNICE, FNIWE, P.E., R.ENG)

Owa-Alero Stormwater project in Ika North East L.G.A, Delta State
Owa-Alero Stormwater project in Ika North East L.G.A, Delta State

Implementing sustainable stormwater management practices requires a collaborative effort between residents, decision-makers, and engineers.

It is necessary to engage the community in the planning process and educate stakeholders on the importance of sustainable stormwater management practices. Here are two examples of community engagement and education practices:

Engaging stakeholders in the planning process

Stakeholder engagement is critical in the planning process of sustainable stormwater management practices.

Engaging community members and local businesses can provide valuable insight into the potential impacts and benefits of different stormwater management strategies.

Moreover, involving the public in the decision-making process can increase support for sustainable stormwater management projects.

EXAMPLE OF STATEHOLDERS ENGAGEMENT DURING PLANNING STAGES OF OSUBI STORMWATER CONTROL & MANAGEMNT

Education Programs for Residents and Decision-makers

Education programs for residents and decision-makers are essential in promoting sustainable stormwater management practices.

These programs can raise awareness of the importance of managing stormwater runoff sustainably and provide information on the benefits of implementing green infrastructure.

Education programs for decision-makers can also help to ensure continued support for sustainable stormwater management practices.

References


Alshammari, E. et al., 2023. The Impacts of Land Use Changes in Urban Hydrology, Runoff and Flooding: A Review. In: E. Alshammari, et al. eds. Current Urban Studies. Malaysia: Scientific Research Publishing Inc., pp. 120-141.

Li, L. et al., 2021. The Effect of Urban Land-Use Change on Runoff Water Quality: A Case Study in Hangzhou City, Hangzhou City: Environmental Research and Public Health.

Wu, J. et al., 2013. Using the Storm Water Management Model to predict Urban Headwater Stream Hydrological response to Climate and Land cover change. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17(12), pp. 4743-4758.

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