The Buzzards Bay Stormwater Collaborative, a partnership between the Buzzards Bay Action Committee, municipalities in the Buzzards Bay watershed, and the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program, has begun a program to map and monitor pollution discharged from stormwater pipes and road cuts into Buzzards Bay. At many sites, stormwater discharges are the primary cause of swimming beach and shellfish bed closures.
The public can help with this effort by submitting photographs of stormwater discharge pipes. You can simply email the photographs to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or use our interactive mapping website to upload photos from your mobile phone or tablet. The photographs will help us identify unmapped discharges and document the condition of discharge pipes. We want pictures of pipes -- whether or not water is flowing from them. If you see a failing catchbasin (filled with sand or blocked with debris), you can submit photos of those sites too.
If you are walking along a beach, trail, or on walkway and see a discharge pipe, simply go to http://stormwater.buzzardsbay.org on your smart phone or wireless tablet. Click the "interactive map" link in the drop down menu, and click the refresh button to update the map to your location. The website will use the GPS in your device to estimate your location. With the web application, you will see whether the discharge pipe is already mapped and photographed. Again, if you want to submit just one to a few photographs of stormwater discharges, you could also simply email them, with a clear description of the location or its ID number (from the website), to email@example.com.
If you want to use the website to upload many photographs, you might want to read the information guide is at this link: http://stormwater.buzzardsbay.org/interactive-map-directions.pdf
Buzzards Bay Action Committee
40 Center Street Fairhaven, MA. 02719