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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stevie "Answers we came up with at our workshop include: to help keep your neighborhoods from flooding to keeps our waterways cleaner to protecting our p..." | Read more » about 6 years ago
stevie "A couple edits and suggestions that came from the workshop we hosted on 6/16/18. Edits on directions: Remind people that the tallies are for ev..." | Read more » about 6 years ago
stevie "I needed this written out in PDF form for a workshop. Here it is if anyone else finds it useful! I also included a spot for some questions and feed..." | Read more » about 6 years ago
stevie "I found a number of the ones that use soda bottles don't really account for measuring on cylinders that aren't strait. I wrote up an activity that ..." | Read more » about 6 years ago
stevie "Here's another interesting idea I just found https://giphy.com/gifs/instrument-AsFbniBeEbecU " | Read more » about 6 years ago
RadioFreeTerry "Hi Stevie...I'm no expert in this area but in my surfing I happened across a few links on this topic recently. Hopefully these will be of some use ..." | Read more » about 6 years ago
zengirl2 "Hey @Matej you are going to like this. :) " | Read more » over 6 years ago
stevie "Awesome!! If you do it, I would love some feedback on the posts as you go through! " | Read more » over 6 years ago
kgradow1 "I would love to try to replicate this in Somerville. Flooding is a big problem here. " | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Also see this evidence photography app called ProofMode, documented by @xose! https://publiclab.org/n/15786 " | Read more » over 6 years ago
stevie "Here's a great publication I just found by Hilairie Schackai from Water Wise in New Orleans that's a guide on Harvesting Rainwater. It includes inf..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
danbeavers "Go here to see the results from experimentation. " | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Miriam from the Gulf Coast discussion list (not sure of her username here?) shared: I participated as part of the Disaster Response Team last summ..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
dmunchak "@warren Thanks for your feedback. I have updated my post. " | Read more » almost 7 years ago
warren "Hi, @dmunchak - I wanted to suggest changing the title to Catch Basins 101: How to clean a catch basin with one person in 68 minutes as it'll show ..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
warren "Tremendous, thank you! " | Read more » almost 7 years ago
stevie "wow, great post! thanks for sharing. The step by step photos are really helpful. " | Read more » almost 7 years ago
eustatic "let's all go out and keep this concrete lilypad afloat! in regards to keeping these clean, residents are liable for sweeping in FRONT of the catch..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
eustatic "I've lifted lids before. In that case, which happened in a world without lawyers, I used gloves a flatbar and a crowbar (or a "prop" wrench, hamm..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
eustatic "excellent! thanks for this. @Stevie " | Read more » almost 7 years ago
liz "Admirable work! I hope you enjoyed a cool beverage after this. Perhaps this documentation can be used to show the City what proper maintenance look..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
warren "Hi, all - some followups via Scott Eustis of Gulf Restoration Network -- @eustatic: Re: imagery, Department of Homeland Security NOAA flights -- s..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
gilbert "Please find attached the link to an updated Research Note, addressing "Disaster Management Organizations & Software - Open Source & Proprie..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
zengirl2 "GulfCitizenScience.org may be a group of people that can help with water monitoring for creating the spreadsheets Willow mentioned. They have a lot..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago