Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP)

Robert Traver, Ph.D.

Robert Traver, Ph.D.

Mission: 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 on innovative stormwater Best Management Practices, directed studies, technology transfer and education.


Research Direction

The potential for urban stormwater to deliver pollutants and increased flows to receiving waters over short intervals is well recognized as a problem that must be addressed. Volume and quality have joined peak flow as design parameters, radically changing the design approach of the stormwater profession. Design elements used to mitigate these effects termed Stormwater Control Measures (SCM) are still emerging (NRC 2008).

To both demonstrate and to learn about this emerging technology, Villanova created the Villanova University Stormwater Research and Demonstration Park a decade ago. SCM currently being studied include a Pervious Pavements, Bio Infiltration and Bioretention Rain Gardens, a Green Roof, Infiltration Trench, and a Stormwater Wetland. The research focus is to understand the engineering aspects of the SCM through determining the effectiveness in reducing stormwater runoff volumes, peak flows, and non-point source pollution.

Current Research Support is through the VUSP Corporate Partners, the William Penn Foundation, Pennsylvania Growing Greener and US EPA.

Research Capabilities

The VUSP uses the campus as a field laboratory. By monitoring wet weather flows and pollution entering and exiting multiple stormwater Stormwater Control Measures, the effectiveness of these technologies can be measured and evaluated. The experiences gained through the construction, monitoring and operation of these sites is the basis for the outreach component.

To support the large quantity of on going sampling and analysis, Villanova has developed the Water Resources Teaching and Research Laboratory (WRTRL). This laboratory supports research into the hydrologic and environmental performance of numerous on campus stormwater Best Management Practices.




Public Partners

Research Partners

  • William Penn Foundation
  • TVSSI - Temple-Villanova Sustainable Stormwater Initiative
  • LID MARC - Low Impact Development Mid Atlantic Research Consortium: Villanova, University of Maryland, and North Carolina State


Robert Traver, Ph.D., PE, D.WREE – Director
Andrea Welker, Ph.D., PE, VCASE LEAD
Bridget Wadzuk, Ph.D.
John Komlos, Ph.D.
Ronald Chadderton, PhD., PE, D.WREE

Dr. Komlos at the VIllanova Stormwater Wetland
Dr. Traver at the Villanova Stormwater Wetland
Recent tour of VU's Best Management Practice Research and Demonstration Park
Pervious Asphalt
CEER Green Roof
Bioinfiltration Rain Garden during storm event