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A consortium of Chicago city agencies, institutions of higher education, and private sector companies are partnering to test and collect data on different SMPs using sensors and cloud computing.
Chicago has already established two locations, which include a bioswale and a street with permeable pavement, as the pilot locations for tracking and recording data on precipitation, air pressure, soil moisture, humidity, chemical absorption, and more.


“Once installations are done in spring 2017, the pilot will include six sites transmitting over 20,000 streams of data. Brenna Berman, the city’s chief information officer, says the pilot is really testing two things: where certain types of green infrastructure can be most effective, and what’s the best data interface for the city to learn from the information being gathered.”


Continue reading the full article to view sample monitoring data and learn about Chicago’s plans to include the findings in their open data portal.


We are always eager to see more publicly accessible data on the performance of green stormwater infrastructure, so we look forward to learning of the results of Chicago’s monitoring efforts.

Meantime, look to our GSI Monitoring Grant for data on the performance of private GSI projects in Philadelphia; grant recipients will be announced in January.