Hydrology & Stormwater Management

KISTERS is a world leader in overcoming water data management challenges. National and state governments, municipalities as well as corporations seek out our water solutions to manage and plan for the safe, sustainable supply of this precious resource.

The complexities of urban hydrology demand a comprehensive view and analysis of precipitation, runoff, percolation, and water treatment. Partnering with KISTERS allows water data professionals to automate routine tasks to work smarter, focusing their expertise on more critical issues at hand.

If your priorities range from water security to water scarcity, KISTERS' water solutions can manage diversity of data – including discrete data from water quality samples and biological assessments. Achieve real-time control systems for operational improvements. Graduate from spreadsheets to a sophisticated set of analytical tools to reveal insights and present effective recommendations for strategic environmental resource planning.

"Above all, municipalities need to view stormwater, treated water and wastewater as interconnected systems facing similar challenges rather than as separate, mutually exclusive entities." ~ Eric Meliton & Alyssa Cerbu, TRCA


  • Configure time-critical, redundant alarm systems with multiple notification methods for extreme weather event monitoring.

  • Define and apply QA/QC rules to incoming data to prepare more accurate forecasting models.

  • Import, review and further analyze ADCP measurements that have been evaluated by the USGS QRev program.

  • Develop, store, and utilize multiple stage-discharge rating curves, especially during all phases of a flood.

  • Calculate shifts in flows, channel morphology, and sediment from impervious areas. Compare with infiltration trends over time.

  • Synthesize and map hydrologic data with water quality lab results and ecological inventory to monitor the health of your watershed and drinking water.

  • Integrate high accuracy, high precision gauge adjusted radar rainfall data for deeper analysis of runoff from weather events

Clients In the News

City of Edmonton, Alberta
"LID Stormwater Management in Cold Climate Conditions." Environmental Science & Engineering.

Low impact development (LID) mimics the natural hydrological cycle to manage stormwater at its source(s). The City promotes the use of bioswales -- conducting demonstration projects; recognize distinct land use settings; and advancing practices in the control of sedimentation, snow-sand/gravel, and water quality.
Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA)
"Stream Buffers: The sharpest tool in the stormwater management toolbox." Stormwater Magazine.

To protect surface and groundwater supplies, LCRA and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality begin buffer zones at a drainage area of 5 acres (2 hectares). In addition the Highland Lakes Watershed Ordinance manages runoff from new development, quarries, and mines in three adjacent counties. Permit staff and design engineers verify beginnings of creeks and then establishes buffer zones.