Local Stormwater Systems
The details of this lesson can be found in the manual. In addition, there is supplemental information about your school’s stormwater in your school-specific teacher guide.
- School-Specific Pipes Maps – These are best printed in color.
- All: “When it Rains it Pours” Length 2:47 – English closed captioning can be turned on and off in the video with the CC button.
See your school-specific teacher guide for which of these videos to use:
- Option A: “Effects of Urbanization on a Stream Ecosystem” if your stormwater goes into a stream. Watch to 2:11.
- Option B: “Drained: Urban Stormwater Pollution” if your stormwater goes into a lake or Puget Sound. Watch to 2:57
- Why do CSOs happen? Explanation of Combined Sewer overflows in King County.
- Combined Sewer Overflow Graphic – For use if stormwater from your school’s neighborhood goes to a wastewater treatement plant (described in your school-specific teacher guide).
- WaterMaps – This online GIS mapping tool was created by King County and is what IslandWood used to create most of the school-specific pipe maps. If is designed for teacher and student use, but we are still refining some of the usability features. If you have access to a couple students that would benefit from a more open ended challenge, you could provide it to them to explore. Here are directions for using WaterMaps.
- Seattle Public Utilities Citywide Stormwater Map
- Combined Sewer Overflows Status (live) – Teaching about stormwater during a big rainstorm? This King County website shows you which CSOs in Seattle are currently overflowing or have overflowed in the last 48 hours!