What makes streams most susceptible to the impacts of impervious cover?
A recently released study by ICPRB, entitled The Effects of Impervious Cover on Streamflow under Various Watershed Conditions in the Potomac Basin: Phase 1, found that impervious cover is particularly prone to altering streamflows in watersheds with steep slopes. Small headwater streams are also especially susceptible to the impacts of impervious cover. These initial findings are only a first part of the study. Phase 2, scheduled for completion in September 2017, will explore the question using the latest data at a higher spatial resolution. You can read the full study on our website.