Let’s hear from Nora Schmidt this week!
I have been working for the past few months researching the sensors to install at a new site along I-95 in Northeast Philadelphia. We are only a few short days to weeks to installing our first pieces of monitoring equipment in 4 different rain gardens stretching two city blocks along the highway. The main goal of this grant is to monitor and assess the Stormwater Management Practices (SMPs) implemented in this section of the I-95 construction and to advise, through lessons learned, the next phases of construction (it’s estimated to be a 20+ year project!). The rain gardens we are monitoring receive stormwater runoff from the elevated highway above so one of the tougher tasks that I have been working on is finding the right monitoring equipment to handle and precisely capture the very high flows from the highway. After a long search of different options, we decided to try out a new brand of area velocity sensor to measure flow through our inlet pipes. I have been testing it for the past couple weeks in our fluids lab to see the sensors accuracy. It has been a huge learning process, but it has been very fun and I can’t wait to install and to eventually analyze the data from these sites.
Nora started at VUSP in January 2016 and came from working for a few years in Environmental nonprofit positions. She has an undergraduate degree in Geology from Bryn Mawr and got interested in Water Resources after starting a residential rain garden program in Haverford Township. She is working on the I95/Girard Avenue Interchange Stormwater Project with PennDOT and her advisor is Dr. Traver. She will graduate next summer (2017) with her Masters.