Water Resources Research Act Program

Details for Project ID 2012MS159B

Soil Media Compositions for Water Quality Improvements and Stormwater Management in Urban Flow-through Facilities

Institute: Mississippi
Year Established: 2012 Start Date: 2012-03-01 End Date: 2013-02-28
Total Federal Funds: $16,249 Total Non-Federal Funds: $34,433

Principal Investigators: Robert Kroger, Warren (Cory) Gallo

Abstract: This interdisciplinary and collaborative research project proposes using urban, small-scale flow-through facilities for water quality and quantity improvements. These facilities are described as “flow through” because they are intended to be used in dense urban environments or heavy clay conditions that do not allow for infiltration. Two specific objectives will be undertaken. The first objective is a replicated lab experiment that will test differences of soil media composition and depth on water quality and quantity efficiencies to determine a preferred “treatment” composition for reducing run-off volumes and peak flows, and removing nonpoint source pollutants (e.g., nutrients and total suspended solids) for the South-Eastern United States. The second objective will develop a portable extension/outreach tool that can be used to explain an urban flow-through facility and its applicability to the development and regulatory community. The results from objective 1 will be translated into an info sheet that will accompany the outreach tool when being used in demonstrations.