Project #5176

Integrating Climate Change Impacts with Wet Weather Management, Capital Improvement, and Stream Network Enhancement

In Progress
Principal Investigator
Research Manager
Harry Zhang, PhD, PE
Brown and Caldwell
Climate Change
Integrated Planning & Water Management
Asset Management


Increasing severe storms and rising tides are straining our sewer and drainage systems and causing urban flooding, basement backups, and untreated discharges to receiving water bodies. In a changing climate, utilities no longer expect past weather patterns to predict future conditions. New methods are needed to adapt and cope with climate impacts.

The primary goal of this research is to develop a Climate-Ready Wet Weather Planning Manual that will provide stormwater and wastewater utilities with a roadmap for making confident capital planning decisions in the face of climate uncertainty.