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Stormwater Monitoring

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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

Lead image from Dr. Gloria Horning's work

How is stormwater regulated?

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."

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















Frequently Asked Questions

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
What can you do about oil in your ditch following a natural disaster when traditional resources/normal pathways are not available? @laurel_mire over 1 year ago 10
Where can you find historic flooding data? @stevie over 4 years ago 3
Who do you contact on stormwater concerns? @stevie over 4 years ago 2
How do you keep storm drains clean? @stevie over 4 years ago 1
What are sources of stormwater pollution? @stevie over 4 years ago 2
Why is it important to keep storm drains clean? @stevie over 4 years ago 1
Are there any good directions or materials for building rain gauges? @stevie over 4 years ago 3
How do you build a rain barrel? @stevie about 3 years ago 1
How do I join a volunteer Disaster Response Team for flooding? @warren over 5 years ago 1
What tags are helpful for flood/disaster images? @zengirl2 over 5 years ago 0
Are there any exemptions under the NPDES? @stevie almost 6 years ago 4
What types of NPDES permits are there? @stevie almost 6 years ago 2
How is stormwater regulated? @stevie almost 6 years ago 4
How does slope affect runoff calculations? @stevie about 6 years ago 1
Is there any way to figure out how much water can be absorbed by different ground covers? @stevie about 6 years ago 4


Updates

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
Impact of rainwater harvest on Agriculture and education @okellomanpeter 11 months ago 2
The suspicious drain on the Suquía river @alejobonifacio about 1 year ago 1
Getting the scoop on Wastewater: Summary of a research area review @bhamster over 1 year ago 1
El desagüe sospechoso en el río Suquía @alejobonifacio about 1 year ago 1
EVENT: Wondering about Wastewater? Join us for a series of events to wrap up Public Lab’s latest research area review! @bhamster over 1 year ago 8
I asked an environmental planner, “What do you want people to know about stormwater?” @bhamster over 1 year ago 0
How to report pollution entering your local stormwater system in the US @bhamster over 1 year ago 5
Post your photos of possible wastewater pollution! / ¡Postea tus fotos de aguas posiblemente residuales! 📷 @bhamster over 1 year ago 2
¿Cómo detectar abrillantadores ópticos (aguas residuales) yendo a un río? / How to detect optical brighteners (wastewater) going to a river? @alejobonifacio about 1 year ago 7
Reviewing and refreshing the topic of wastewater @bhamster over 1 year ago 1
Event! Welcome to a public research area review on wastewater, July 27 @bhamster over 1 year ago 9
Summary of Water and Water community call @alejobonifacio over 1 year ago 0
Potholes in New Orleans Annotated Map Update @Rgaude over 1 year ago 0
Potholes in New Orleans Balloon Mapping Experience @Rgaude over 1 year ago 0
MapKnitter map of STEM Magnet Program for New Orleans Pothole Research @Rgaude over 1 year ago 0
Cleaning Storm Drains @LivingstonChangeMakerClub almost 2 years ago 4
Seeking a Water Research Curation Fellow @bhamster almost 2 years ago 0
What actions can residents take to use environmental data to make an impact in their community? @jessicac about 3 years ago 4
Rain Garden: Finding a Location @k_c_s over 3 years ago 1
Environmental Study for flooding in the streets of New Orleans @JumpKitten8683 over 3 years ago 1
Rain-garden research update @TJohnson over 3 years ago 0
Blocking New Orleans Gutters @JumpKitten8683 over 3 years ago 0
Rain Garden and Runoff @k_c_s over 3 years ago 1


Project Pages

Lead image from Commons Wikimedia