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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
Measuring water in a rain gauge - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »
Catch Basins 101: How to clean a catch basin with one person in 68 minutes. - - @dmunchak - - 0 replications: Try it »
Photo Documentation of Turbid Waters for Advocacy - - @gretchengehrke - - 0 replications: Try it »
Stormwater Workshop Two Report: Community Mapping - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »
Testing - water depth from camera image - - @chalmers - - 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 »
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
How do you build a rain barrel? @stevie 15 days ago
How do I join a volunteer Disaster Response Team for flooding? @warren 3 months ago
Are there any exemptions under the NPDES? @stevie 10 months ago
What types of NPDES permits are there? @stevie 10 months ago
How is stormwater regulated? @stevie 10 months ago
How does slope affect runoff calculations? @stevie 11 months ago
Is there any way to figure out how much water can be absorbed by different ground covers? @stevie 12 months ago

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Updates

Title Author Updated Likes
Water Wise NOLA Rain Barrel Build! @stevie 15 days ago
How do you build a rain barrel? @stevie 15 days ago
How do I join a volunteer Disaster Response Team for flooding? @warren 3 months ago
Report-back from second Open Call on Hurricane Harvey response and coordination @warren 3 months ago
Catch Basins 101: How to clean a catch basin with one person in 68 minutes. @dmunchak 3 months ago
Report-back from Open Call on Hurricane Harvey response and coordination @warren 4 months ago
Exploring New Stormwater Monitoring Methods @stevie 5 months ago
Stormwater Workshop 6: Monitoring and Lessons Learned @stevie 5 months ago
Stormwater Workshop 4 Report: Implementing a Stormwater Study @stevie 6 months ago
Gathering rain data from weather underground @stevie 6 months ago
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Measuring water in a rain gauge @stevie 6 months ago
Stormwater Workshop 3 Report: Designing a Stormwater Study @stevie 7 months ago
Stormwater Workshop Two Report: Community Mapping @stevie 8 months ago
Public Lab Community Newsletter: March 2017 @klie 9 months ago
Introduction to Stormwater Workshop 1 Report @stevie 9 months ago
How to visually document a site @stevie 9 months ago
Public Lab Community Newsletter: February 2017 @klie 10 months ago
Testing - water depth from camera image @chalmers 10 months ago
What types of NPDES permits are there? @stevie 10 months ago
How is stormwater regulated? @stevie 10 months ago
Stormwater Workshop Series in New Orleans! @stevie 11 months ago
How does slope affect runoff calculations? @stevie 11 months ago
How to determine peak discharge from drainage basin runoff @stevie 11 months ago
Pollutant Discharge Permits @mlamadrid 11 months ago
Enforcing Stormwater Permits with Google Street View along the Mystic River @mathew about 1 year ago
Reflecting on the Depth Sensor Build @stevie over 1 year ago
Depth Sensor Proposal @danbeavers over 1 year ago
North Shore Community Resiliency Assessment Memorandum @liz about 2 years ago
Photo Documentation of Turbid Waters for Advocacy @gretchengehrke about 2 years ago
The Water Hackathon Report @stevie about 3 years ago
New Orleans City Park Stormwater wetland @eustatic almost 4 years ago
Jakarta Flood Kite Mapping @Willie almost 4 years ago
Obliques of City Park Stormwater wetland Nov 9th @eustatic about 4 years ago


Project Pages

Lead image from Commons Wikimedia


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