State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2010DE198B
Title: UD Watershed Team for Ecological Restoration
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 6/01/2010
End Date: 2/28/2011
Congressional District: At large
Focus Categories: Non Point Pollution, Surface Water, Management and Planning
Keywords: stormwater, best management practices, runoff control
Principal Investigators: J. Thomas Sims (University of Delaware); Chirnside, Anastasia; Kauffman, Gerald; McKenna, Thomas; Pautler, Maria
Federal Funds: $ 5,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 10,000
Abstract: The UD WATER Project (Watershed Action Team for Ecological Restoration) was formed in 2008 as a collaborative initiative with the long-term goal of merging and facilitating university-wide efforts to minimize the environmental impacts of storm water runoff from our campus. The UD WATER initiative is synergistic with the University's Path to Prominence strategic goal to become a Green Campus. UD WATER brings together a consortium of faculty, staff, and students from various departments and disciplines across campus to work collaboratively to implement creative and innovative storm water management techniques in the most holistic and efficient manner achievable. The ultimate goal for this team is to reduce the quantity and increase the quality of storm runoff from campus properties, which will ultimately benefit our local waterways and is consistent with the mission of EPA regulations requiring the University and City of Newark to have a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The objectives of the 2010-2011 UD WATER project are to (1) form a team of 3 undergraduate interns from different disciplines (environmental engineering, plant and soil sciences, and water resources management) to assist in the initiation of implementation of BMPs that will protect water quality in the White Clay Creek; and (2) conduct monitoring and environmental education programs that demonstrate the value of ecologically based stormwater management practices.

Progress/Completion Report, 2010, PDF

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