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).