Stormwater Monitoring
stormwater

Stormwater is excess runoff from rain and snowmelt events that flows over land or impervious surfaces, such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops, and does not soak into the ground. Some of the concerns around stormwater are that "the runoff picks up pollutants like trash, chemicals, oils, and dirt/sediment that can harm our rivers, streams, lakes, and coastal waters" -- and human health. [Source: EPA Stormwater Program](https://www.epa.gov/npdes/npdes-stormwater-program) _Lead image from Dr. Gloria Horning's [work](/notes/joyofsoy/11-09-2018/fighting-the-flood-community-activism-and-education-in-pensacola)_ ### How is stormwater regulated? Stormwater is one of the pollutants that is regulated under the [National Pollution Discharge Elimination System](https://www.epa.gov/npdes) (NPDES). "The NPDES stormwater program regulates some stormwater discharges from three potential sources: municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), construction activities, and industrial activities." ### How is stormwater monitored? Monitoring for stormwater can be challenging. Monitoring activities could explore facets of stormwater such as: - The depth and duration of standing water in an area, - How much rainwater can be harvested from an area, - How much water can be absorbed by an area, - How different ground covers react to stormwater events, and - How well infrastructure is working to handle stormwater runoff. This page was created to compile some activities, questions, updates and projects surrounding issues of stormwater. Click the links below to add to this growing resource! ## Stormwater Activities [notes:grid:activity:stormwater] ### Frequently Asked Questions [questions:stormwater] **** ## Updates [notes:stormwater!question:stormwater] **** ## Project Pages - 2018 [Pensacola Stormwater Project](https://publiclab.org/wiki/pensacola-stormwater-project) - 2017 [New Orleans Stormwater Workshop Series](https://publiclab.org/notes/stevie/02-01-2017/stormwater-workshop-series-in-new-orleans) - 2016 [New Orleans Flood Sensing Project ](https://publiclab.org/wiki/depth-flood-sensing-in-new-orleans)** _Lead image from [Commons Wikimedia](https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stormwater_culvert_along_Dobney_Ave.jpg)_ ...


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liz "This note doesn't fully capture the information shared by Randall Auston, Chief of the Spill Response Program, Region 2 (NY City), Division of Envi..." | Read more » almost 3 years ago
jjcreedon "Yes, you are correct that a GC could answer your question.. you could send it to a lab, not sure how expensive that would be. " | Read more » almost 3 years ago
Ag8n "My purpose is strictly to measure. The cleanup part is not my strong point, so it must be left to someone else. But to go on with the testing. T..." | Read more » almost 3 years ago
jjcreedon "Do you want to test the oil first and then figure out how to clean it up? what are your objectives? " | Read more » almost 3 years ago
Ag8n "Others are better trained on how to soak up absorb the oil than me. Yes, I had some training. But only on a lab scale. It wouldn't work for the ..." | Read more » almost 3 years ago
liz "Do you think you want to try to identify the weight of the oil and maybe find the likely sources in order to try to reduce how much is leaking, or ..." | Read more » almost 3 years ago
jordanyjackson "I will be attending! " | Read more » almost 3 years ago
superslot89 "You must have been practicing " | Read more » almost 3 years ago
Ag8n "Ok. The last time I did this test was quite a few years ago. So there is probably something better, now. The quick test was called "oil and greas..." | Read more » almost 3 years ago
amirberAgain "I will be attending! " | Read more » almost 3 years ago
denissebn_06 "I will be attending! " | Read more » almost 3 years ago
bhamster "@denissebn_06 @jesseslone @Greenhorns @eymund @pdhixenbaugh @mcairns @Ag8n @MadTinker @amirberAgain @heyitsjoe, tagging you in case you're interest..." | Read more » almost 3 years ago
bhamster "I recently was fortunate to talk with Kirsten McDade, who creates community programs on stormwater monitoring at RE-Sources. She had some excellent..." | Read more » almost 3 years ago
alejobonifacio "Wow!!! I'm absolutely going to be there ;) " | Read more » almost 3 years ago
bhamster " @bhamster has marked @alejobonifacio as a co-author. " | Read more » almost 3 years ago
Ag8n "I'm the plant I worked at,Zinc was an issue. So for a long time, we were doing frequent sampling at a number of stormwater sites and frequent test..." | Read more » almost 3 years ago
Ag8n "I don't know that. The company with a plant nearby had a discharge permit. No idea anymore of the permit number. Most plants would prefer to disc..." | Read more » almost 3 years ago
bhamster "Thanks for sharing and making this point. Do you know if the location you sampled was part of a separate storm sewer or combined storm sewer system..." | Read more » almost 3 years ago
Ag8n "Please report everything that you are being discharged into the water seems weird. But a question. Every now and then, a storm sewer in a relativ..." | Read more » almost 3 years ago
bhamster "This "How to Spot and Report Pollution" guide from RE-Sources in Bellingham, WA, also has fantastic tips and images about safely spotting pollution..." | Read more » almost 3 years ago
alejobonifacio "¡Hola! Los últimos días fui al río Suquía en Córdoba, Argentina y tomé algunas fotos ...: flash de cámara: En este lugar se supone que solo llega a..." | Read more » almost 3 years ago
bhamster " @bhamster has marked @alejobonifacio as a co-author. " | Read more » almost 3 years ago
Ag8n "Thank you! Regards " | Read more » almost 3 years ago
xose "Here the full Chandler - Lerner paper :) https://sci-hub.st/https://doi.org/10.1111/wej.12112 " | Read more » almost 3 years ago