The University of Iowa

Camp Courageous Stormwater Quality and Detention

Designs of Sock Sleeves and Rock Check Dam
Academic Year 
2021-2022
College/Department 
Civil & Environmental Engineering
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Civil & Environmental Engineering students designed stormwater management facilities to improve stormwater quality and promote habitat growth. 

Camp Courageous officials requested stormwater management facilities that best showcase functionality and value to the public. The upper reach of the watershed is primarily farmland, which produces nutrient and suspended solid contaminants. The mid and lower watershed is forested land and experiences high stormwater velocities. The objectives for this project were to implement storm water management techniques to reduce both contaminant volume and stormwater velocity throughout the watershed. 

The team designed six storm water management features that Camp Courageous can implement on site. These features include a dam along the main stream with a bridge crossing, a sediment trap design for the northern stream boundary, wooden check dams, rock check dams, sock sleeve check dams, and habitat pools.