Under 28th St. in Grand Rapids, MI
(42.91280557, -85.650584)last measured at 10pm
Where the Plaster Creek trail opens to 28th Street, there’s an electrical box connected to a solar panel and labeled “USGS.” This is where I usually turn around to walk back home.
Hourly, the site measures the creek’s streamflow below the 28th St. bridge, and the USGS offers a well-documented system for automatically retrieving the data they collect. (They also offer very helpful IT support to any guy building a pet project with their API!)
This page is a wrapper for that single streamflow number, which encompasses the present posture of the creek. The sensation of walking along the creek trail fluctuates drastically with rainfall and flow, and I wanted a remote pulse for that sensation to keep me in touch with the land around me.
Here’s a bit of history of Plaster Creek from my alma mater.