Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Research Update

Here is a video update about my research, including some preliminary survey results. Thanks to the New York New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program for filming the presentations at their Citizen Science Workshop.

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Would you go swimming in NYC?

When I was a freshman in college, I took an oceanography course. Being a nerd, I still remember one of the questions on our final exam: “You MUST go swimming in New York City. Explain where you would choose to swim and why you would choose that particular location. Back up your explanation with examples […]

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Citizen Science, Stormwater Style

Citizen science, sometimes called crowd-sourced science,  is when researchers engage with the local community, or even the global community to help gather data and solve problems. Scientific American has a page dedicated to the phenomena, and there seems to be no limit to what citizen scientists can do. Projects range from the search for life […]

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Jobs and Pipelines

I have been noticing a lot of talk lately about the proposed keystone pipeline and all the jobs it would or would not have created.  Then I stumbled across this interesting article from Daily Progress about how tighter environmental regulations are creating a “boon” for the stormwater industry (there is a connection here, I promise) . […]

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Creative Stormwater Management: Sponge Park Edition

It was announced earlier this Summer that the Gowanus Sponge Park, designed by the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and dlandstudio, is going to happen! Construction should start next year and be completed in 2015. What is a “Sponge Park”? From what I can tell, “Sponge Park” is the way that creative people say “constructed wetland and bio-filtration system”. The word […]

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Surfers V. Stormwater

My husband is an avid surfer- as are many of the friends I collected while living in Florida for 10 years. Yet somehow even living on a barrier island and working for a stormwater utility– I did not think much about the connections between stormwater and surfing. It was not until a trip to Mexico […]

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Know your Sewershed!

As my friends who’ve recently made the mistake of asking me  how my day is going already know- I am currently compiling data from a community survey that I’m distributing as part of my dissertation research. A few weeks ago, I sent the survey out to selected households in the geographic area that contributes to […]

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Stormwater Fees in Maryland- Don’t call it a “Rain Tax”

As a Maryland native and a stormwater professional- it’s hard to believe I’ve held off on this one for so long, but after seeing headlines like this, and this, and this– I decided it was time to do some research. In the past month, it was announced that Maryland will begin to phase in a […]

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

When it rains, it drains (sewage, that is…)

The record setting rainfall we’ve had over the past few days has caused yet another round of combined sewage overflows (CSOs) into the Gowanus Canal. While out for a walk today, I took these shots of the sewage floating along. Images like this make it really hard for me to imagine why the City is […]

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Brooklyn College Science Day

Next Friday is Brooklyn College Science Research Day ! The Students that I’ve been working with at the Academy for Urban Planning will be presenting their research project. This year, they did a stormwater study around their school campus, which drains to Newtown Creek- a superfund site in Brooklyn. Check out their poster- I think they […]

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