We’re working with ELGL to profile the Final Four #WaterYouWaitingFor projects – the winners collected their trophies, goody bags, and ELGL memberships at #ELGL18 but we wanted each project to also get some time to shine. First up…Orlando, where they’ve made tremendous progress in preventing stormwater overflows.
The implementation of the Lake Level Monitoring program will enable City staff to monitor the lakes in real-time, making adjustments before stormwater overflow to help mitigate flooding of critical infrastructure and residential communities.
This project will allow the City to capture the historical knowledge of the lake management expertise that currently resides in the hearts and minds of our long term staff. We will be able to track, measure and methodically adjust water levels to meet the ever changing weather patterns that are occurring in central Florida.
This project will eventually tie into the National Weather Model for forecasting lake levels based on 2-3 day weather forecasting.
Very fun, diversified and environmentally conscience City. We have so much more than Theme Parks. For most of Orlando’s history we’ve been the place everyone wants to visit.
Today, Orlando is also the place where everyone wants to live and do business. List after list has Orlando as one of the fastest growing cities in America. We’re transitioning from our role as the young upstart to being a more mature, global City.
We are doing that by keeping our community safe, generating high quality jobs, and becoming one of the most sustainable cities in America.
Innovation is the mother of necessity. As climate changes continue to occur, we needed a better way to predict and ultimately manage those changes.
Through technology we can monitor the weather patterns and adjust our lake levels to address intense rain events, hurricane effects and drought conditions to avert stormwater overflows.
This project had its beginnings in the early 1990’s when then Stormwater Bureau chief had a vision of an Orlando Unit Hydrograph. The city started with gauge boards that the survey crews would shoot the water elevations every quarter.
We then transitioned to telemetry starting in 2004 utilizing pressure transducers to calculate the water surface elevation from the pressure differential. There were approximately 67 stations deployed in the City lake system.
In 2015 we began transitioning to cellular because of data losses when using radio frequency. Our ultimate systems will include pressure transducers, data-loggers and electronic rain gauges.
Time. It takes a lot of time to plan and implement the data collection network. It also takes a lot of time to research the options for the individual stations, electric requirements, environmental factors (tree canopy blocking sun on solar panel), easements for equipment when no City land available, etc.
We have a fairly active environmental community that is very supportive of any and every thing that we can do to improve the water quality and recreational enjoyment of our water bodies.
Determine who will be the core Team members and make sure they have the technical expertise to monitor/maintain the equipment and QA/QC the data. These are 2 critical areas that need a lot of consideration.
This article was originally posted on ELGL’s website. We made minor modifications before reposting here!