The Use of Real-Time Weather and Forecasting Integrated Controls to Improve Stormwater Capture and Reuse
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CSX is committed to environmental stewardship and seeks applications where new cutting edge technologies can provide an environmental benefit. One such project included the integration of a real-time weather forecasting control system into a rainwater harvesting system currently being constructed at the CSX Curtis Bay Piers.

The real-time weather forecasting control system will improve on-site capture and use of storm and gray waters at the facility and although the primary objective of the project was to help the Piers achieve its zero discharge goals, the system also improves the efficiency of on-site water usage for coal dust suppression and will substantially reduce the use of potable water at the facility. The system, designed and installed by Geosyntec Consultants, interfaces with the current dust suppression system (DSS) used at the site, and contains automated control components as well as indicators to advise manual control of the DSS based on forecasted meteorological conditions. This presentation will discuss the benefits of installing the advanced controls system for stormwater control and rainwater harvesting, as well as, the design and operating objectives and challenges of implanting such a system in the railroad environment. The presentation will also include a demonstration of the user-friendly dashboard interface used to monitor and control the systems.

Publication Summary

  • Geosyntec Authors: Greg Menniti, Scott Landers
  • All Authors: Gregory Menniti, Scott Landers, John Calhoun
  • Title: The Use of Real-Time Weather and Forecasting Integrated Controls to Improve Stormwater Capture and Reuse
  • Event or Publication: Railroad Environmental Conference
  • Practice Areas: Watershed and Stormwater Management, Industrial Water Supply and Treatment Planning and Design
  • Date: 2013
  • Location: Champaign, Illinois