Environmental Data Lab
WEATHER STATION & BEAUTIFICATION
Interns at Bowman Creek have undergone an initiative to provide a greater focus on the monitoring of Bowman Creek through a weather station. With Crucial support from individuals representing EmNet, the City of South Bend, and the University of Notre Dame, our team worked to meet the scope of our project.
Within the timespan of the summer internship, our interns have completed the required tasks of installing a weather station at the Studebaker Golf Course, developing a public data dashboard connected to our station with the help of EmNet, and beautifying the creek site at Riley High School.
In the coming years, the frequency of heavy rain events will increase significantly. This will overload sewer systems and exacerbate flooding, backups, and water pollution. To improve resiliency against thee hazards, the CIty of South Bend needs more complete hydraulic data from its local waterways. In collaboration with the City and EmNet, BCe2 developed a cheap and effective method using small remote sensors to identify flooding and blockages throughout the creek.
Interns scouted sites along the creek to determine ideal locations for sensors. Stable anchorages were selected to reduce the risk of damage, and deep and steady regions were selected to aid flow modeling. At each node, interns used laser survey equipment to plot precise diagrams of the creek's cross-section. Combining data from these surveys and from the USGS public database, interns also created a profile diagram of the creek.