StormSensor’s Solutions to Sea Level Rise Issues

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NPR recently released an article on the impacts of sea level rise in communities around the Bay Area. Contaminants that have long been deep under the ground will soon rise into the water table and contaminate groundwater in coastal Bay-Area communities, many of which, comprise of people of color. Scientists advise that close monitoring of water quality, tracking, as well as cleaning up the water are necessary. 

  

Communities around the world are facing problems that come with sea level rise. Companies are now developing technologies to combat those very issues. Companies that are part of TMA BlueTech’s technology cluster produce and utilize innovations that could be of immediate use to situations just like in the Bay Area. One in particular is StormSensor, a climate technology company that can assist in managing urban flooding by tracking.  

 

 

According to StormSensor’s CEO Erin Rothman, StormSensor could track tailwater-- how far inland the sea reaches via stormwater pipes-- and infiltration (groundwater entering sanitary and storm systems). By doing so, legislators and scientists would be able to make informed decisions and create timelines for pollution remediation, based on where the groundwater and storm systems meet. 

 

In fact, in the past, StormSensor worked with the city of Norfolk to assess the effects of sea level rise on their water infrastructure by putting sensors in their water infrastructure. The data collected by StormSensor showed that the capacity of the Norfolk stormwater systems was at 50% capacity. This knowledge illuminated the weakened stormwater system and allowed the city to proactively begin crafting solutions.  

 

In implementing these solutions and our ever-growing sustainability efforts, it is important to incorporate communities and people of color, since they are often the hardest hit by environmental issues. Local governments need assistance in monitoring these issues as well as finding a way to remedy them quickly before people are displaced or drinking toxic water. 

 

StormSensor provides viable solutions to issues relating to sea level rise for various types of communities. The company understands just how important the impacts of climate change are on communities of color and different socioeconomic statuses:  

 

Here at StormSensor, we price our solution so we can work in neighborhoods across cities that have the greatest need, not just focusing on the areas with the most money or the most technology. Our team, including investors, is made up of a diverse group of people from a variety of backgrounds, which also helps us be a much more valuable resource to a range of communities. 

 

We want to build thriving communities, and the only way we can do that is to ensure equitable data capture so cities can focus high-dollar and high-value fixes on data, not demographics.” 

 

--Erin Rothman, CEO of StormSensor 

 

StormSensor’s technologies could assist policymakers in creating new legislation on where buildings should be placed in relation to projected sea level rise and affected systems. Groundwater tracking devices serve as an alarm for managers and can aid these communities by providing insightful information. 

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