Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Gallo, Warren C.

Committee Member

Dumas, Jeremiah

Committee Member

Seymour, Michael W.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Landscape Architecture

Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Landscape Architecture


One of the many issues communities will face when trying to protect their local watershed is the lack of background their policy makers have in environmental protection and watershed health. The purpose of this study is to test a range of on-site stormwater management policies against a selection of new development projects from a specific small city of the United States in order to determine what combination of policies works best in a particular urban environment. Three policies were selected to test the range of stormwater approaches being used in the United States. These policies were then measured in a spreadsheet analysis against three years’ worth of new development from the city of Starkville, Mississippi. The outcomes of this research can provide communities and municipalities with a tool to help them determine which combination of application trigger and detention requirement for on-site stormwater management will best serve their watershed needs.