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Stormwater Monitoring



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 »
Catch Basins 101: How to clean a catch basin with one person in 68 minutes. - - @dmunchak - - 0 replications: Try it »
Measuring water in a rain gauge - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »
How to visually document a site - - @stevie - - 1 replications: Try it »
Stormwater Workshop Two Report: Community Mapping - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »
Accurate soda bottle rain gauge - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »
Testing - water depth from camera image - - @chalmers - - 0 replications: Try it »
Stormwater Workshop 3 Report: Designing a Stormwater Study - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »
Depth Sensor Proposal - - @danbeavers - - 1 replications: Try it »
Gathering rain data from weather underground - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »
How to determine peak discharge from drainage basin runoff - - @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
Where can you find historic flooding data? @stevie 5 months ago
Who do you contact on stormwater concerns? @stevie 6 months ago
How do you keep storm drains clean? @stevie 6 months ago
Why is it important to keep storm drains clean? @stevie 6 months ago
What are sources of stormwater pollution? @stevie 6 months ago
Are there any good directions or materials for building rain gauges? @stevie 7 months ago
How do you build a rain barrel? @stevie about 1 year ago
How do I join a volunteer Disaster Response Team for flooding? @warren over 1 year ago
Are there any exemptions under the NPDES? @stevie almost 2 years ago
What types of NPDES permits are there? @stevie almost 2 years ago
How is stormwater regulated? @stevie almost 2 years ago
How does slope affect runoff calculations? @stevie almost 2 years ago
Is there any way to figure out how much water can be absorbed by different ground covers? @stevie almost 2 years ago
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Updates

Title Author Updated Likes
Event: Oct 24, 2018 Crowdsourcing Stormwater Solutions at The Nature Conservancy @nwhysel 2 months ago
Rain Barrel and Rain Gauge Build with 7th Ward Residents @stevie 6 months ago
Pensacola Stormwater @stevie 6 months ago
Accurate soda bottle rain gauge @stevie 6 months ago
Water Wise NOLA Rain Barrel Build! @stevie about 1 year ago
Report-back from second Open Call on Hurricane Harvey response and coordination @warren over 1 year ago
Catch Basins 101: How to clean a catch basin with one person in 68 minutes. @dmunchak over 1 year ago
Report-back from Open Call on Hurricane Harvey response and coordination @warren over 1 year ago
Exploring New Stormwater Monitoring Methods @stevie over 1 year ago
Stormwater Workshop 6: Monitoring and Lessons Learned @stevie over 1 year ago
Stormwater Workshop 4 Report: Implementing a Stormwater Study @stevie over 1 year ago
Gathering rain data from weather underground @stevie over 1 year ago
Measuring water in a rain gauge @stevie over 1 year ago
Stormwater Workshop 3 Report: Designing a Stormwater Study @stevie over 1 year ago
Stormwater Workshop Two Report: Community Mapping @stevie over 1 year ago
Public Lab Community Newsletter: March 2017 @klie over 1 year ago
Introduction to Stormwater Workshop 1 Report @stevie over 1 year ago
How to visually document a site @stevie over 1 year ago
Public Lab Community Newsletter: February 2017 @klie almost 2 years ago
Testing - water depth from camera image @chalmers almost 2 years ago
Stormwater Workshop Series in New Orleans! @stevie almost 2 years ago
How to determine peak discharge from drainage basin runoff @stevie almost 2 years ago
Pollutant Discharge Permits @mlamadrid almost 2 years ago
Enforcing Stormwater Permits with Google Street View along the Mystic River @mathew about 2 years ago
Reflecting on the Depth Sensor Build @stevie over 2 years ago
Depth Sensor Proposal @danbeavers over 2 years ago
North Shore Community Resiliency Assessment Memorandum @liz about 3 years ago
Photo Documentation of Turbid Waters for Advocacy @gretchengehrke about 3 years ago
The Water Hackathon Report @stevie about 4 years ago
New Orleans City Park Stormwater wetland @eustatic almost 5 years ago
Jakarta Flood Kite Mapping @Willie almost 5 years ago
Obliques of City Park Stormwater wetland Nov 9th @eustatic about 5 years ago
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