Environmental Conditions at Stormwater Outflow Pipes in the nearshore of Myrtle Beach, SC

In order to prevent flooding near waterfront properties during heavy rainfall, while simultaneously keeping nearshore waters safe for recreational and economic activity, stormwater outfall pipes release city stormwater runoff offshore of Myrtle Beach.  We study the physical conditions present at the release point of the stormwater outflow pipes, such as tidal currents, ocean surface waves, and stratification conditions.  An understanding of these conditions is necessary in order to understand and predict the dispersion of the stormwater plume under various conditions.  These conditions are studied via field experiments employing acoustic Doppler velocimeters, temperature probes, and standard meteorological and water level measurement sensors.