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Rerouting water; understanding and managing urban hydrology in historic Charleston

C. Guinn Wallover, Timothy J. Callahan, Amy E. Scaroni and Kimberly Counts Morganello
Rerouting water; understanding and managing urban hydrology in historic Charleston (in Field excursions in the Carolinas; guides for the 2019 GSA Southeastern Section meeting, John Chadwick (editor) and Steven C. Jaume (editor))
Field Guide (Geological Society of America) (March 2019) 53: 9-17

Abstract

The built environment of peninsular Charleston, South Carolina, has been strongly influenced by the ethos of architectural preservation. However, increased frequency of storm and tide-related flooding has been affecting property and public services, and threatens human and environmental health. Management processes for excess water in this urban area must adapt to the challenges resulting from historic development including the fill of tidal creek systems, sea-level rise, and the influence of large storm events on drainage infrastructure. The City of Charleston has adopted several strategies to manage flooding and encourage progressive development. Large-scale drainage improvement projects capitalize on a geologic framework that provides for deep tunnel excavation and drainage system construction. Novel approaches in zoning codes provide some incentives for land owners to use lower impact design techniques in return for more flexible design standards. This field tour will guide participants through this historic city, and will provide a glimpse of the geologic setting, development history, and environmental pressures that have compelled the city's proactive stormwater management.


ISSN: 2333-0937
EISSN: 2333-0945
Serial Title: Field Guide (Geological Society of America)
Serial Volume: 53
Title: Rerouting water; understanding and managing urban hydrology in historic Charleston
Title: Field excursions in the Carolinas; guides for the 2019 GSA Southeastern Section meeting
Author(s): Wallover, C. GuinnCallahan, Timothy J.Scaroni, Amy E.Morganello, Kimberly Counts
Author(s): Chadwick, Johneditor
Author(s): Jaume, Steven C.editor
Affiliation: Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, Charleston, SC, United States
Affiliation: College of Charleston, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, Charleston, SC, United States
Pages: 9-17
Published: 20190321
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
ISBN: 9780813756530
ISBN: 9780813700533
References: 8
Accession Number: 2020-014588
Categories: Environmental geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. geol. sketch map
N32°47'60" - N32°47'60", W79°58'00" - W79°58'00"
Secondary Affiliation: College of Charleston, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2020, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 202010
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