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Stormwater detention ponds in urban catchments—analysis and validation of performance of ponds in the ouseburn catchment, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Stephen Birkinshaw, Professor Chris Kilsby, Dr Greg O'Donnell, Dr Paul Quinn, Dr Russell Adams, Dr Mark Wilkinson



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© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. The impact of stormwater drainage and detention ponds on flooding is assessed using statistical analysis and physically based computer simulation of a 45-year case study for a periurban catchment. In 1978, the 54 km2 Ouseburn catchment in Newcastle upon Tyne was impacted by the connection of a new 2.1 km2 residential development, directly to the Ouseburn River, via a stormwater drain, which reduced the time to peak and increased flood risk. Further residential developments of 1.6 km2 have been built since 2004, again with separated sewer systems, but this time linked to stormwater detention ponds before draining into the Ouseburn River. Detailed analysis of the data, confirmed with computer simulation, shows that in contrast with the 1978 intervention, these new developments had only a minimal effect on the flows in the Ouseburn River, in fact achieving a small reduction in peak flows for large events. This study assesses the postconstruction efficiency of such systems, and we show that the stormwater detention ponds are working as designed.

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Author(s): Birkinshaw SJ, Kilsby C, O'donnell G, Quinn P, Adams R, Wilkinson ME

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Water

Year: 2021

Volume: 13

Issue: 18

Online publication date: 14/09/2021

Acceptance date: 12/09/2021

Date deposited: 02/10/2021

ISSN (electronic): 2073-4441

Publisher: MDPI


DOI: 10.3390/w13182521


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