Next Generation Volume Reduction Green Infrastructure Stormwater Control Measures in Support of Philadelphia's Green City Clean Waters Initiative

EPA Grant Number: R835556
Title: Next Generation Volume Reduction Green Infrastructure Stormwater Control Measures in Support of Philadelphia's Green City Clean Waters Initiative
Investigators: Traver, Robert , Clayton, Garrett M , Eisenman, Sasha W , Sen, Siddhartha , Wadzuk, Bridget , Welker, Andrea
Current Investigators: Traver, Robert , Clayton, Garrett M , Eisenman, Sasha W , Hunter, James , Sanders, Tonya , Sen, Siddhartha , Shin, Hyeon-Shic , Wadzuk, Bridget , Welker, Andrea
Institution: Villanova University , Morgan State University , Temple University
Current Institution: Villanova University , Morgan State University , Morgan State University , Temple University
EPA Project Officer: Hiscock, Michael
Project Period: September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2017 (Extended to August 31, 2018)
Project Amount: $1,000,000
RFA: Performance and Effectiveness of Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management Approaches in the Urban Context: A Philadelphia Case Study (2012) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Water and Watersheds , Water

Objective:

The overarching objective of the proposed research is to monitor, develop, and demonstrate high-performing next generation green infrastructure (GI) practices that are required for highly urbanized communities to improve their ability to protect the environment. As part of this research we will develop a more holistic approach, which considers hydrological, geotechnical, environmental, and economical constraints, to utilizing both the infiltration and evapotranspiration (ET) capabilities of various GI depending on the goals and needs of a specific location. It is expected that improving our understanding of the infiltration processes and introducing ET as a design criteria will increase volume capture performance.

Approach:

The Philadelphia Water Department has agreed to work with the PIs to include instrumentation in ongoing and future projects. The research on ET will be supported by partnerships with plant biologists at Temple University. As part of the proposed research, dynamic sensor technology to evaluate operational status and support the research will be developed. The PIs’ partnership with Morgan State University will enable us to explore the economic benefits and viability of GI.

Expected Results:

The next generation GI will provide a sustainable long-term solution to combined sewer overflows in Philadelphia. The successful implementation of GI in Philadelphia will elevate the city’s stature as a green city that utilizes innovative stormwater management techniques that not only control runoff, but also improve the aesthetics of neighborhoods and the quality of life for its residents. A distributed approach to stormwater management has not yet been tried on a city-wide scale; thus, this project has the potential to change stormwater management internationally. The results of this research will be disseminated widely from engineers to K-12 students.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this project: View all 14 publications for this project

Relevant Websites:

watersheds, soil moisture, sustainable development, cost-benefit”, engineering, CSO, Soil Evapotranspiration, Infiltration, monitoring, modeling, sensors, Pennsylvania, PA, EPA Region 3;

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2014 Progress Report
  • 2015 Progress Report
  • 2016 Progress Report
  • 2017 Progress Report
  • Final