After a month of stormwater monitoring and collecting data, we got together for one more workshop...
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After a month of stormwater monitoring and collecting data, we got together for one more workshop to talk about the monitoring that we have done and the lessons we all had learned. (Read more about the Stormwater Workshop series here with posts from all the other events).
The way we structed the monitoring was set up in Workshop 4. On June 14th a group of about 20 of us got together to run through a dry run of monitoring each site together. Then once that was all set up, the Green Team took over monitoring all three sites for about three weeks. We collected all the data on this wiki which included step by steps for each type of monitoring we were doing.
Since we were exploring several different types of monitoring methods, we learned the most about different type of monitoring, and secondly about the sites themselves.
We made and used this form for collecting information on each site every day we monitored (Monday-Friday for three weeks). This site survey included capturing information about how much water was in the rain gauges, the depth of the water at the site using gauge boards, and taking ground photos and observations on the app I See Change.
I See Change posts from the Green Team
There were a number of advantages of using the site surveys to collect data:
Some of the challenges we encountered included:
At two of the sites we set up time-lapse cameras to capture hourly photos of where we thought stormwater was accumulating.
The black van that ended up in the way of a lot of our photos for the second part of the month.
We learned a lot over this workshop series. Of the methods of collecting data we tested out, some were good at answering some questions, while others were good at other things. Some ideas and other research questions we had after looking at our results were:
Specifically for this project we're interested in exploring some other questions and projects if the time and opportunities arise. Those include:
We really enjoyed this project and celebrated our last workshop with a pizza party! Thanks to partners and supporters of the project. Last we'd like to encourage others to explore stormwater, try out some of these methods or test your own. The more we explore, the more we learn.
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