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Stormwater Monitoring



Current Stormwater Projects:

New Orleans Stormwater Workshop Series

About Stormwater

The EPA defines Stormwater as "runoff [that] is generated from rain and snowmelt events that flow 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 of 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."

Stormwater is one of the pollutants that is regulated under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). "The NPDES stormwater program regulates some stormwater discharges from three potential sources: municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), construction activities, and industrial activities."

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

Purpose Category Status Author Time Difficulty Replications
Photo Documentation of Turbid Waters for Advocacy - - @gretchengehrke - - 0 replications: Try it »
Stormwater Workshop Two Report: Community Mapping - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »
How to visually document a site - - @stevie - - 1 replications: Try it »
Stormwater Workshop 3 Report: Designing a Stormwater Study - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »
Testing - water depth from camera image - - @chalmers - - 0 replications: Try it »
Measuring water in a rain gauge - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »
How to determine peak discharge from drainage basin runoff - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »
Gathering rain data from weather underground - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »

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Activities should include a materials list, costs and a step-by-step guide to construction with photos. Learn what makes a good activity here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Title Author Updated Likes
Are there any exemptions under the NPDES? @stevie 5 months ago
What types of NPDES permits are there? @stevie 5 months ago
How is stormwater regulated? @stevie 5 months ago
How does slope affect runoff calculations? @stevie 5 months ago
Is there any way to figure out how much water can be absorbed by different ground covers? @stevie 6 months ago

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Updates

Title Author Updated Likes
Stormwater Workshop 4 Report: Implementing a Stormwater Study @stevie 14 days ago
Gathering rain data from weather underground @stevie 18 days ago
Measuring water in a rain gauge @stevie 19 days ago
Stormwater Workshop 3 Report: Designing a Stormwater Study @stevie about 1 month ago
Stormwater Workshop Two Report: Community Mapping @stevie about 1 month ago
Public Lab Community Newsletter: March 2017 @klie 3 months ago
Introduction to Stormwater Workshop 1 Report @stevie 3 months ago
How to visually document a site @stevie 3 months ago
Public Lab Community Newsletter: February 2017 @klie 4 months ago
Testing - water depth from camera image @chalmers 4 months ago
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What types of NPDES permits are there? @stevie 5 months ago
How is stormwater regulated? @stevie 5 months ago
Stormwater Workshop Series in New Orleans! @stevie 5 months ago
How does slope affect runoff calculations? @stevie 5 months ago
How to determine peak discharge from drainage basin runoff @stevie 5 months ago
Pollutant Discharge Permits @mlamadrid 5 months ago
Enforcing Stormwater Permits with Google Street View along the Mystic River @mathew 9 months ago
Reflecting on the Depth Sensor Build @stevie about 1 year ago
North Shore Community Resiliency Assessment Memorandum @liz over 1 year ago
Photo Documentation of Turbid Waters for Advocacy @gretchengehrke almost 2 years ago
The Water Hackathon Report @stevie over 2 years ago
New Orleans City Park Stormwater wetland @eustatic over 3 years ago
Jakarta Flood Kite Mapping @Willie over 3 years ago
Obliques of City Park Stormwater wetland Nov 9th @eustatic over 3 years ago


Project Pages

New Orleans Flood Sensing Project

Lead image from Commons Wikimedia


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