Innovation Finalist: Stroud Water Research Center
Posted on: May 08, 2019
The Excellence in GSI Awards Ceremony (May 23) is the region’s only award that celebrates and elevates green stormwater infrastructure projects and innovations, the triple bottom line (TBL) benefits of a nature-based approach to stormwater management, and the partners who bring these projects to life in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Buy tickets.
On behalf of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN), the GSI Partners will recognize excellence in GSI in the following categories: Public, Private, and Innovation. Winning applications will highlight the TBL benefits of a green infrastructure approach to stormwater management.
Congratulations Stroud Water Research Center.
The Model My Watershed web app functions as both a learning tool and a land-use decision making tool. Developed by Stroud Water Research Center, the app allows students and professionals to explore the environmental impact of human activity on their neighborhoods and watersheds by using two different models to estimate stormwater runoff and human impacts to water quality.
The combination of engineer-grade stormwater models paired with a BMP library and national data sets in web-based software, makes the tool assessable via workstation, laptop, or mobile device and easy to leverage with no extensive training. As a result, it reduces many of the costs and technical barriers that are encountered when bringing environmental education to the public.
The app allows users to perform site-specific stormwater runoff analysis, exploring the geographic, social, political, and environmental challenges related to GSI and its impacts. Its innovative design allows the application to learn from other models and incorporate them in real time.
Model My Watershed is a part of Stroud Water Research Center’s greater WikiWatershed, an online toolkit for supporting citizens, conservationists, municipal decision-makers, researchers, educators, and students further their understanding and stewardship of fresh water. By using the concepts of place-based and problem-based learning, Model My Watershed engages and excites students about career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in hopes that it enables them to study and address contemporary environmental challenges. The app’s current users are a combination of teachers and students, citizen scientists, environmental conservation/restoration planners, and state and local land-use planners or practitioners.
Client: Citizens, conservation practitioners, municipalities, researchers, educators, and students
Partners: Azavea, Limontech, Pennsylvania State University, Utah State University, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, and University of Washington
Join us on Thursday, May 23, along with the region’s industry professionals, local businesses, developers and property owners, government and non-profit institutions, decision-makers, and academics. It is the networking and celebration event for those in the GSI industry. Buy tickets. (SBN Members receive a discount on tickets.)