Monroe County’s Hydrologic Monitoring Program
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. EDT
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Monroe County has a network of 17 rain gauges and 7 stream gages. The two networks evolved along separate paths. The rain gauges where used primarily as a tool to monitor incoming rain events and how they might impact the sewer collection systems and combined sewer overflows in the City of Rochester. The stream gages are part of a cooperative agreement with the USGS and have been used primarily to monitor nutrient loads to various creeks and streams.
In recent years there has been an effort to view these systems jointly as a means to asses existing and future flood hazards. The information is being made more readily available to emergency managers and municipal officials. Plans are in place to develop additional flood inundation maps and identify areas of highest flood vulnerably. Identifying these locations will allow for more effective emergency planning and targeting of future stormwater management efforts.
The goal is to establish a program that provides accurate real time monitoring and long term data collection that allows us to asses changing annual rainfall and the frequency of intense storms.
Bill Nechamen, firstname.lastname@example.org