Eva has been delighting us all recently with descriptions of her trips to spectacular water engineering trips to locations like Haarlemmermeer and Hoover Dam. At the end of January, I went on my own trip to see a water engineering project. I don’t know if it counts as spectacular, but it was fun and interesting. As a prelude to ScienceOnline 2013, Scott Huler showed a lucky few what he had learned about the Raleigh storm water sewer system while researching his book on the infrastructure of modern cities, On the Grid.
You can see all my photos from the tour (well all the ones that turned out OKish) at my Flickr page.
On the tour I learned about modern, non-intuitive approaches to storm water management. I found out storm sewers are really walled in (and over) streams. I found graffiti that will trick future anthropologists into thinking worship of “Zoner” was a major religion in the Carolinas.
There is also video. Well videos. Three of them in which I make occasional appearances rocking the official ScienceOnline hardhat, headlamp, and Marty McFly vest.