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Solutions to help you weather the storm(water)

Do you manage, inspect, or maintain stormwater assets? If so, ArcGIS Solutions has been working hard to make your life easier. If you’re ready to jump start your digital workflows, keep reading more to find out how.

Wherever rain falls, it creates stormwater. Stormwater must go somewhere, whether it seeps into the ground, or a pipe moves it to the nearest river. Sometimes, a slow drizzle leaves the land damp with no major issues. However, larger storm events are leaving roads unpassable, a problem that could be due to flooding or even a clogged storm drain.

Still waters run deep

Effective stormwater management is critical for both economic and safety reasons. When is handled efficiently, it limits erosion and soil loss, prevents sewer system overflows, and reduces flood risk. Perhaps more importantly, it protects infrastructure, safeguards animal habitats and human life, and leads to a cleaner and safer water supply. But the general population doesn’t always understand stormwater as a critical infrastructure in the same way they appreciate other utilities or infrastructure. If people notice stormwater, it likely means that something has gone wrong. Which brings us back to effective stormwater management through digital transformation.

Green infrastructure is a beautiful and effective way to manage runoff.

Keep your head above water

ArcGIS Solutions has a full complement of stormwater solutions designed to streamline your stormwater management processes. Some focus on supporting the unique needs of the Phase II MS4 permit requirements, but even if you are not under the MS4 requirements, you probably have similar needs. Regardless, anyone who is an Esri customer, can instantly deploy these solutions to their organization or platform. Here’s how you can put our stormwater solutions to work for you:

Stormwater Data Management

A complete inventory of stormwater assets helps you streamline inspections, maintain assets, and monitor your regulatory compliance. But creating and maintaining an inventory takes a lot of time and requires a GIS professional, doesn’t it? Not with our Stormwater Data Management solution. Designed to save you time, this solution delivers a set of capabilities that helps your organization map stormwater systems, edit data, view system maps in both the field and the office, view asset reports, and collaborate with map notes.

With a click of a button, you will have an entire stormwater system schema that includes pipes, catch basins, manholes, channels, and more. Each asset type also includes fields to store important information that you need about the asset. When appropriate you can store diameters, invert elevations, material, downstream elevations, and much more. Many of the field have pick lists (domains) already; for example, pipe material has 26 types to choose from.

Don’t know how to make a pretty map? No problem! The solution comes with maps that you can use to edit your data. And you can quickly make your system data available to everyone in your organization by sharing a view-only map, also included with the solution.

Preconfigured maps and apps can be used to collect and maintain stormwater assets.

Catch Basin and Outlet Inspections

When it comes to catch basin and outlet inspections, both quality and quantity matter; routine inspections ensure both system reliability and high water quality. Deploying the Catch Basin and Outlet Inspections solution means access to capabilities that help stormwater managers conduct routine catch basin and outlet inspections, understand asset conditions, record inspections in the field, manage inspection activities, and ensure that the entire organization has access to inspection information.

Are you ready to move from a paper workflow to a digital one? This solution makes the transition a smooth one. We have worked with many stormwater managers to create an inspection form that works for both catch basins and outlets. Start digitally inspecting your outfalls today!

Ready to use inspection forms can get you up and running in minutes.

Green Infrastructure Inspections

It’s not easy bein’ green, but our Green Infrastructure Inspections solution can definitely help. The capabilities deployed with this solution help stormwater managers assign and manage inspections as well as facilitate the collection and review of private green infrastructure maintenance activities. It also supports stormwater inspectors who must record inspections while in the field.

There is no need to manage your private property owner list in a spreadsheet anymore. With this solution you can invite owners to sign up and apply through an online portal. Then you can start accepting private property owner maintenance information digitally.

Inspections can be conducted quickly with a simplified digital form, so stop maintaining all those individual paper asset inspection forms and go mobile.

After field inspections are completed a dashboard can be used to view the results.

Stormwater Construction Activity Management

Inspecting construction sites for stormwater compliance can be tricky. Fortunately, you don’t need to control weather to successfully conduct routine site inspections. You just need to deploy the Stormwater Construction Activity Management solution. This stand-alone ArcGIS Online solution delivers capabilities that help stormwater managers assign and manage regular inspections, understand effectiveness of stormwater control measures on a site, and observe sediment and erosion control on construction sites. Additional capabilities help fieldworkers record inspections and provide actionable reports while still in the field.

Do you spend more time driving than you do on site? With apps included in the solution, you (or your inspectors) can conduct inspections and provide site operators with reports, all without once leaving the site. Complete the inspection form, add notes, and take as many photos as you need. You can even caption your photos and attach them to the inspection without adding them to the official report. Now that’s efficiency at its finest!

Use the dashboard to view inspection results along with all corresponding photos.

Coming soon: Stormwater Outreach

Currently under development, the Stormwater Outreach solution will deliver a set of capabilities that help stormwater managers conduct public education and outreach, allow the public to report water quality issues, provide a framework for stormwater personnel to triage reported issues, and manage and communicate with volunteers and program stakeholders.

Smooth(ish) water

No, stormwater management is not always smooth. But it is important and valuable work. ArcGIS Solutions is proud to offer you a collection of solutions that may smooth out at least some of the turbulence. Why not dip your toe in the water and see if these solutions work for you?

Learn more

For more information about our stormwater solutions, check out the following resources:

About the authors

Brandi Rank

Brandi is a Senior Product Engineer on the ArcGIS Solutions team with a focus on stormwater. She has been helping people do their jobs faster, easier and a little more fun for over 20 years.


Mindy happily works as a senior product engineering writer on the ArcGIS Solutions team. When she isn't playing with maps, language, or language related to maps, she enjoys spending time with her family or pondering the meaning of life with her desert tortoise Kevin.

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