Focus Area: Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP)

The mission of the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership is to advance the evolving field of sustainable stormwater management and to foster the development of public and private partnerships through research.


During the last decade there has been a rapidly increasing interest in the use of SCMs to treat various forms of water pollution including runoff and peak flows. Recognizing the need for research and public education, Villanova has created a Research and Demonstration Park on campus. As of the writing, many SCMs have been constructed to include a stormwater wetland; numerous rain gardens, including a site that compares bio-infiltration with bio-retention; permeable pavements, including a side-by-side comparison of pervious concrete and porous asphalt; infiltration trench; green roof and a treatment train consisting of a bioswale, raingarden, and infiltration trench.

Research work at the VUSP is supported by the Fluid Mechanics Lab, Soils Testing Lab and the Water Resources Teaching and Research Laboratory (WRTRL). 

Current Grants

  • Rain Garden Configuration to Maximize Hydrologic Performance. Awarded by PADEP to Dr. Traver and Dr. Welker.
  • Supporting Green Infrastructure in the Philadelphia Region. Awarded by William Penn Foundation to Dr. Welker and Dr. Traver.
  • Implementation and Evaluation of a Stormwater Best Management Practices in Series. Awarded by PADEP Growing Greener, 2011-2013, to Drs. Wadzuk, Welker, and Traver.
  • Prediction of Evapotranspiration from Vegetated Stormwater Control Measure. Awarded by PADEP Growing Greener, 2012-2014 to Drs. Wadzuk, Welker, and Traver.
  • National Monitoring Site Program (319 grants): This proposal is to continue the National Monitoring Site Program for the period of 1 Oct 2013 – 30 September 2015.  This grant creates the foundation for long term research in the VUSP focus area that addresses issues of importance to Pennsylvania’s non point source pollution program, and attracts research from outside Pennsylvania PaDEP and EPA region III, greatly leveraging the 319 program commitment.

Past and current outside grants to VUSP include the William Penn Foundation, CICEET, EPA Office of Water, and funding from the VUSP corporate partners. None of these grants would have been possible without this commitment. It should also be noted that the research direction for the sites under study is developed with the input of the VUSP Partners.

VU Grad Students at ET Bioinfiltration Research Site
Tour at Fedigan Rain Gardens
CEER Green Roof


Robert Traver, Ph.D., PE, D.WRE. F.EWRI., F. ASCE

Andrea Welker, Ph.D., PE,

Bridget Wadzuk, Ph.D.

Virginia Smith, Ph.D.
Alternate Lead

John Komlos, Ph.D.

Kristin Sample-Lord, Ph.D., PE