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Tuesday, May 14 • 2:15pm - 2:45pm
PRESENTATION: Using Drones to Inspect Stormwater Infrastructure for MS4 Permit Compliance

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AUTHORS: Josephine Hatton*, Comprehensive Environmental Inc.; Eileen Pannetier, Comprehensive Environmental Inc.

ABSTRACT: Under the terms of the NPDES Stormwater Permit Program, most municipalities are responsible for the regular inspection and maintenance of their stormwater system. The Control Measures stipulated by the permit include regular monitoring of post-construction runoff and routine, ongoing pollution prevention and "good housekeeping." This burden is time-consuming and costly in terms of personnel and equipment, especially in light of the fact that in any given year, the majority of stormwater structures will not require any major repairs or maintenance. A program of systematic flyovers and inspection by a small unmanned aerial system (sUAS), or drone, dramatically reduces the cost and the time required to perform these inspections and allows the quick prioritization of structures for closer inspection or repair. The information collected can be managed and maintained in GIS. We will discuss the advantages offered by the use of sUAS technology for this purpose, along with some caveats regarding logistical, legal, and privacy considerations.

Tuesday May 14, 2019 2:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
STUDENT CENTER: Mountain View Room

Attendees (7)