Year Established: 2013 Start Date: 2013-03-01 End Date: 2014-02-28
Total Federal Funds: $8,000 Total Non-Federal Funds: $17,160
Principal Investigators: James Sims, Gerald Kauffman
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 Universitys 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 2013-2014 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.