Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Gallo, C. Warren

Committee Member

Martin, James

Committee Member

Schauwecker, Timothy

Committee Member

Wilkerson, Wayne

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Landscape Architecture

Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Landscape Architecture


Stormwater runoff is a major environmental concern, particularly in urban environments. Trends in managing stormwater have evolved (and continue to evolve) from a quantity only approach into a sustainable approach, which integrates quantity, quality, the environment, and aesthetics. Best management practices (BMPs) and Low Impact Development (LID) are two well-documented techniques capable of managing to sustainable standards. There are a number of stormwater models available to design professionals today. However, there are few which integrate site-scale BMP/LID analysis in a simplified fashion. The purpose of this study is to determine if there is a demand in the design profession for simplified stormwater modeling tools to help designers make informed decisions about integrating BMP/LID strategies into site plans. A Web-based questionnaire was administered to a group of design professionals to determine their knowledge of BMPs and their technological needs and preferences in meeting stormwater goals and requirements.