Civic Stormwater Gardens: An Ecological Solution for Cities with CSOs

EPA Grant Number: SU831826
Title: Civic Stormwater Gardens: An Ecological Solution for Cities with CSOs
Investigators: Kirkwood, Niall , France, Robert
Current Investigators: Curran, Patrick , Lincoln, Rebecca
Institution: Harvard University
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Phase: I
Project Period: September 30, 2004 through May 30, 2005
Project Amount: $10,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2004) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: P3 Challenge Area - Water , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Awards , Sustainability


Phase I will research and test the social, economic and environmental sustainability of civic stormwater gardens that reduce CSO events and purify runoff on a site in Lowell, MA. The conclusions will serve as a model for later project phases and for improving public perception of post-industrial brownfield sites in both developed and developing countries by using cost-effective methods and materials for improving water runoff quality and creating new urban open spaces. The success of this experiment, assessed by the health of the vegetation, as well as by the level of community involvement and support, will inform larger scale applications of bioremediation gardens, which will have positive implications for people, prosperity and the planet. The project will serve as an educational tool for both the Harvard Design School and the School of Public Health through lectures, related courses and a project website. Lowell High School will also benefit from the P3 Award by working with Harvard students to document these experiments in film.

Supplemental Keywords:

stormwater, runoff, pollution prevention, Scientific Discipline, Water, TREATMENT/CONTROL, Wastewater, Wet Weather Flows, Engineering, Chemistry, & Physics, Environmental Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Water Pollution Control, wastewater treatment, urban runoff, stormwater, aqueous waste, combined sewer overflows, wastewater discharges, sewage, control technologies, stormwater runoff, aqueous waste stream, storm water, bioremediation

Relevant Websites:

Civic storm water gardens Exit
Project Description

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report