Research Grants/Fellowships/SBIR

Green Infrastructure in Protection of Coastal Water Quality

EPA Grant Number: SU835085
Title: Green Infrastructure in Protection of Coastal Water Quality
Investigators: Hertler, Heidi , Ramirez-Toro, Graciela
Current Investigators: Hertler, Heidi , Colon, Jose , Fernandez, Carolina , Ramirez-Toro, Graciela
Institution: Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Central Campus
EPA Project Officer: Lank, Gregory
Project Period: August 15, 2011 through August 14, 2012
Project Amount: $15,000
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Research Category: P3 Challenge Area - Built Environment , P3 Challenge Area - Water , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Awards , Sustainability

Description:

Objective:

Land use changes often outpace the ability of natural systems to contain contaminants entering near shore marine systems. Our goal is to understand and address the impacts of land-based sources of pollution in sub-tropical dry environments. Our objective is to determine the effectiveness of green stormwater infrastructure on reducing contaminants entering near shore environments.

Approach:

Project participants survey land use (cause, effect and extent) in areas with and without green infrastructure (prevention, reduction and elimination); measure contaminants at inflow and outflow areas; and increase the knowledge of land-based sources of pollution in the community to provide solutions to water quality conditions through better management practices in future projects.

Expected Results:

Increase the local understanding about the impact on the near shore environments, including water quality; collect data that can be utilized by community member, presented at local and national conferences and in peer review publications; and encourage environmental stewardship of the marine environment through awareness of the impact we have on these systems.

Supplemental Keywords:

land use change, land, estuary, ecosystem protection, public policy, decision making, community-based, survey, public good, conservation, environmental assets, environmental chemistry, marine science, biology, ecology, monitoring, measurement methods, Caribbean, EPA Region 2

Progress and Final Reports:
Final Report