Posts Tagged ‘runoff

27
Mar
17

Springtime…

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10
Feb
17

Pouring forth…

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A substantial warm up has ice/snow melting too quickly right now. This image is of Latourell Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.

18
Jun
14

Downpour

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A broken downspout and a deluge lead to a lot of water coming off the roof in a matter of minutes.

02
Mar
14

Rapid Thaws & Flooding: Think Preparedness

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Tyler Malay and Alexandra Erickson, Sandy River flood, January 2011 (SwittersB)

A fair amount of snow has fallen around the country this Winter and in several instances is still coming down heavily today. Also, in some instances, there is a forecasted rapid warmup predicted for the next several days. That may well lead to runoff problems of large proportions, so if you would be influenced by such rapid runoffs prepare your strategy sooner than too late.

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I write this common sense, “duh” post after watching some recent floods of a river close to my front door…not that close, but close enough to effect friends of ours. (2011 Sandy R. Flood)

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Sandy River flood, 2006 by SkyKeen3 (SwittersB)

18
Feb
14

Photography: Radiant Runoff in Montana

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20
Nov
12

Photography: High & Dry

This photo from a few weeks back of a shoreline drying up and cracking sharply contrasts with the relentless downpour over the last few days in the Pacific NW. As I listen to the drip, drip, drip of water from my leaf clogged gutters upon the  patio cover, I imagine these cracked surfaces are slowly adjusting, shifting from the deluges. Soon snow will cover the shoreline and then, later, the snow melts and runoff miles away will once again raise the water level well above this dry spot and repeat the cycle.

23
May
12

Runoff Catch Basins + Plantings = Filtered Waters

Seemingly, they could have built a damn or bridge for the time it took to build 16 catch basins (Watersheds and Stormwater Basins/Planters) on my neighborhood street. But, I gave the City of Portland the benefit of the doubt re the projects. This past early Spring the construction was finished with signage that promised plantings (Columbia River Habitat: Portland Green Streets Project). This morning, I noticed the plantings were staged for planting.

Catch Basin full after heavy rains with plantings standing on edge ready for plantings.

Upper, smaller basin full and ready to spill over into larger basin with plantings.

Here, a few miles away are catch basins that are still awaiting their plantings. These catch basins drain off a much steeper gradient. These basins seem to draw much more water at a faster rate and drain sooner into the nearby sloughs.




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