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June EBME Cancelled
June EBME Cancelled

Wed, Jun 10



June EBME Cancelled

June meeting is cancelled and has been moved to July

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Time & Location

Jun 10, 2020, 11:45 AM



About the Event

Presentation Summary:

Across the Nation, urban flooding is costing billions of dollars, causing public health

concerns, and worsening environmental issues. Yet, many municipalities struggle to fully

address, or even assess, this problem. A lack of local, empirical data is a leading cause of this

issue. Without real-time data detailing the frequency and intensity of urban flooding events and

the storms that cause them, municipalities struggle to (1) respond to emergency flooding events

as they occur and (2) make informed plans regarding the steps necessary to prevent future

occurrences. This lack of relevant data is racking up cumulative effects throughout our

communities which will only worsen if not addressed. During this presentation, StormSensor

will discuss three case studies aimed at utilizing real-time storm and sewer monitoring

technologies to detect and respond to urban flooding events as they occur, analyze regional rain

patterns as compared to those used to develop design standards, and utilize data collected over

time to build informed long-term plans for controlling urban flooding.


As a consequence of the ongoing pandemic, municipal and utility budgets are under heavy financial strain. More than ever, cities are pressed to make informed and effective decisions with limited resources. In stormwater management, crews will be asked to operate and maintain resources more efficiently, while capital projects will be challenged to demonstrate maximum benefit to justify costs. StormSensor® developed networked sensors to make stormwater data affordable to obtain, and cloud-based analytics to make data actionable.

The real-time flow data captured with the StormSensor® network can be used to empirically update and validate drainage models, prioritize and size future projects, monitor existing retrofits and BMPs, issue public flood warnings, and direct operations crews to resolve issues in the storm system as they arise.

Learning objectives: After our presentation, the audience will be understand how to:

(1) Utilize data from smart technologies to detect and respond to urban flooding in real time.

(2) Evaluate storm size and frequency to determine if standards in your region are


(3) Track data and flooding events over time to develop data-supported long-term plans for

controlling urban flooding.

PureBlue is a Seattle based non-profit helping innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs bring their water technologies to utilities and industry. Our focus is on water technologies and approaches that monitor or directly reduce pollution impacting to our iconic waterways, in an economically and environmentally sustainable way. We do this by working with local municipalities and industries who are facing emerging environmental and economic challenges managing pollution. First, starting with identifying shared needs and emerging challenges. Then searching the globe to bring back cutting-edge, science-based, technologies and management strategies, and helping apply them. These goals are achieved through the hard work of our mentor network of scientist and managers participating in our Aqualyst accelerator program, and through our partnerships with organizations who educate, connect and engage in stormwater and wastewater management.  The website provides an overview of companies from the previous cohort and further information on the kinds of technologies we support in the management of stormwater and wastewater. 

Speakers' Bios:

Stefano Mazzilli

Stefano leads the Aqualyst water accelerator program of PureBlue in Seattle, and is a Senior Research Scientist at the Puget Sound Institute, University of Washington. He is a technical leader in water pollution and resource planning, assisting governments, institutions and NGOs to adopt and apply new technologies for improved decision making. Over the last 20 years, Stefano has worked with various UN agencies internationally and research institutions and government bodies in the USA and Australia. Stefano holds advanced degrees in biogeochemistry and hydrodynamic monitoring and modeling, and has been recognized for his stakeholder-centered approach in identifying opportunities, and bridging technology teams and end-users (

Erin K Rothman, CEO

Erin K. Rothman, CEO and Founder of StormSensor Inc., has 15 years of stormwater and remediation consulting experience working with cities across the United States. Recognizing a need for innovative data capture in the stormwater industry, Erin founded StormSensor with the objective of managing climate risk through creating intelligent wastewater infrastructure. She has assembled an incredible team of talented engineers with disciplines ranging from software development, computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering to fulfill StormSensor’s goal of generating a smart city solution focused on mitigating urban flooding and reducing vulnerabilities within our coastal, wastewater, and stormwater systems.


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