Nicole has a Ph.D. in Aquatic Chemistry. Her mission is to bring science to decision makers. As the founder of 2NDNATURE, she uses web-based spatial analytics to support performance-based quantification of the effectiveness of municipal stormwater programs. Working as consultants since 2005, the 2NDNATURE team saw the opportunity to build science-based tools that could be used directly by city staff to extend their in-house technical capacity and eliminate programmatic inefficiencies. In 2017, 2NDNATURE released their 2NForm stormwater platform that embraces a holistic, map-centered approach, integrating stormwater program elements around the City’s hydro-geography and a task prioritization dashboard. 2NDNATURE became an emerging Esri business partner in late 2017, and they are rapidly expanding their off-the-shelf open-data stormwater solution toward full Esri integration to optimize the value of 2NForm for NPDES permit holders across the country.
Linking the Urban Landscape to the Waterways to Which It Drains
Effective stormwater management is currently a missed opportunity for communities to supplement water supplies, recharge groundwater tables, and protect and improve local aquatic ecosystems. In addition, nearly every City in the US is required to comply with urban stormwater regulations (NPDES permits) that stem from the Clean Water Act (1972). Regulatory requirements continue to change but resource limited municipalities struggle to keep up. 2NDATURE saw an opportunity to create a GIS-based stormwater software solution and provide cities a holistic approach to integrate stormwater program elements, comply with regulations and efficiently manage more effective programs.
Conceived and developed by scientists, 2NForm is a cost-effective standardized solution to simplify compliance while providing a defensible and scalable quantification of the volume and pollutant reduction benefits achieved. Simple to deploy, the standardized data formats, field protocols and customized applications empower city staff to collect, manage and access required information more efficiently using a geospatial framework. These field data become inputs to the 2NDNATURE purpose built urban hydrology and pollutant loading model (Beck et al 2017) to quantify the environmental benefits of program assets and actions in mapped formats. With more efficiency and better communication, cities can focus limited resources on implementing the most effective actions in the most urgent locations. Ultimately, these changes will empower cities to reduce the hydrologic and pollutant impacts their urban stormwater has on the local waterways.