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Stormwater Monitoring

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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 »
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 »
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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Updates

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
How do I join a volunteer Disaster Response Team for flooding? @warren about 2 years ago 1
Report-back from second Open Call on Hurricane Harvey response and coordination @warren about 2 years ago 0
Catch Basins 101: How to clean a catch basin with one person in 68 minutes. @dmunchak about 2 years ago 8
Report-back from Open Call on Hurricane Harvey response and coordination @warren about 2 years ago 3
Exploring New Stormwater Monitoring Methods @stevie over 2 years ago 0
Stormwater Workshop 6: Monitoring and Lessons Learned @stevie over 2 years ago 0
Stormwater Workshop 4 Report: Implementing a Stormwater Study @stevie over 2 years ago 0
Gathering rain data from weather underground @stevie over 2 years ago 1
Measuring water in a rain gauge @stevie over 2 years ago 0
Stormwater Workshop 3 Report: Designing a Stormwater Study @stevie over 2 years ago 0
Stormwater Workshop Two Report: Community Mapping @stevie over 2 years ago 1
Public Lab Community Newsletter: March 2017 @klie over 2 years ago 0
Introduction to Stormwater Workshop 1 Report @stevie over 2 years ago 0
How to visually document a site @stevie over 2 years ago 0
Public Lab Community Newsletter: February 2017 @klie over 2 years ago 0
Testing - water depth from camera image @chalmers over 2 years ago 3
What types of NPDES permits are there? @stevie over 2 years ago 2
How is stormwater regulated? @stevie over 2 years ago 3
Stormwater Workshop Series in New Orleans! @stevie over 2 years ago 0
How does slope affect runoff calculations? @stevie over 2 years ago 1
How to determine peak discharge from drainage basin runoff @stevie over 2 years ago 0
Pollutant Discharge Permits @mlamadrid almost 3 years ago 0
Enforcing Stormwater Permits with Google Street View along the Mystic River @mathew about 3 years ago 1
Reflecting on the Depth Sensor Build @stevie over 3 years ago 0
North Shore Community Resiliency Assessment Memorandum @liz almost 4 years ago 0
Photo Documentation of Turbid Waters for Advocacy @gretchengehrke about 4 years ago 2
The Water Hackathon Report @stevie almost 5 years ago 0
New Orleans City Park Stormwater wetland @eustatic over 5 years ago 4
Jakarta Flood Kite Mapping @willie over 5 years ago 4
Obliques of City Park Stormwater wetland Nov 9th @eustatic almost 6 years ago 5
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