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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. paraphrased from EPA
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.

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

Purpose Category Status Author Time Difficulty Replications
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 »
How to visually document a site - - @stevie - - 1 replications: Try it »
Stormwater Workshop Two Report: Community Mapping - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »
Measuring water in a rain gauge - - @stevie - - 0 replications: Try it »
Make an 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 »

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 Comments
Where can you find historic flooding data? @stevie almost 4 years ago 3
Who do you contact on stormwater concerns? @stevie almost 4 years ago 1
How do you keep storm drains clean? @stevie almost 4 years ago 1
What are sources of stormwater pollution? @stevie almost 4 years ago 2
Why is it important to keep storm drains clean? @stevie almost 4 years ago 1
Are there any good directions or materials for building rain gauges? @stevie about 4 years ago 3
How do you build a rain barrel? @stevie over 2 years ago 1
How do I join a volunteer Disaster Response Team for flooding? @warren over 4 years ago 1
What tags are helpful for flood/disaster images? @zengirl2 over 4 years ago 0
Are there any exemptions under the NPDES? @stevie over 5 years ago 4
What types of NPDES permits are there? @stevie over 5 years ago 2
How is stormwater regulated? @stevie over 5 years ago 3
How does slope affect runoff calculations? @stevie over 5 years ago 1
Is there any way to figure out how much water can be absorbed by different ground covers? @stevie over 5 years ago 4


Updates

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
What actions can residents take to use environmental data to make an impact in their community? @jessicac over 2 years ago 4
Rain Garden: Finding a Location @k_c_s over 2 years ago 1
Environmental Study for flooding in the streets of New Orleans @JumpKitten8683 over 2 years ago 1
Rain-garden research update @TJohnson over 2 years ago 0
Blocking New Orleans Gutters @JumpKitten8683 over 2 years ago 0
Rain Garden and Runoff @k_c_s over 2 years ago 1
New Orleans Clogged Storm Drains @wisegrey over 2 years ago 2
People Vs. Storm Drains @lukecollins over 2 years ago 1
Diverging street flooding @Athan_Nelson over 2 years ago 1
Collecting data about Stormwater Issues through Citizen Science @panicpuri over 2 years ago 9
How to Get Street Trees for your Community @WendyBrawer over 2 years ago 0
Fighting the Flood: Community Activism and Education in Pensacola @joyofsoy over 3 years ago 1
Recharging New Orleans: Rain Barrels and Environmental Justice @joyofsoy over 3 years ago 0
Event: Oct 24, 2018 Crowdsourcing Stormwater Solutions at The Nature Conservancy @nwhysel over 3 years ago 2
Rain Barrel and Rain Gauge Build with 7th Ward Residents @stevie almost 4 years ago 1
Pensacola Stormwater @stevie almost 4 years ago 0
Make an accurate soda bottle rain gauge @stevie over 2 years ago 3
How to Get Excited About Climate Change Prep #climatechange #science #citizenscience @zengirl2 about 4 years ago 1
Water Wise NOLA Rain Barrel Build! @stevie over 4 years ago 0
Waterway Vulnerability to Agricultural and Feedlot Practices @gilbert over 4 years ago 1


Project Pages

Lead image from Commons Wikimedia