VILLANOVA CENTER FOR RESILIENT WATER SYSTEMS

Constructed Stormwater Wetland
Constructed Stormwater Wetland

Through interdisciplinary engineering research—environmental, geotechnical, water resources—the Villanova Center for Resilient Water Systems (VCRWS) engages with society to create resilient solutions to global water challenges.

VCRWS AT A GLANCE

20+

YEARS OF STORMWATER RESEARCH

14

ACTIVE GRANTS

8

FUNDING SOURCES

6

FACULTY MEMBERS

3

RESEARCH INTENSIVE LABS

20+

MONITORED RAIN GARDENS

OUR RESEARCH

The Villanova Center for Resilient Water Systems is home to the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership whose mission is to advance the evolving field of sustainable stormwater management and to foster the development of public and private partnerships through research.

Some of our funders include:

  • Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant
  • Philadelphia Water Department
  • William Penn Foundation
  • National Science Foundation
  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener Grants and 319 Nonpoint Source National Monitoring Plan, for which we just celebrated our 20th year of participation!

The following is a small snapshot of some of the ongoing research projects being conducted:

CURRENT PROJECTS

Bio Infiltration Traffic Island
Located on Villanova University’s West Campus, this rain garden has been monitored since 2003 and was designed to reduce downstream stormwater volumes, stream bank erosion and nonpoint source pollution to the headwaters of the Darby Creek.

The Commons
The student housing development on Lancaster Avenue was developed with new stormwater infrastructure, including nine rain gardens to handle the site’s stormwater runoff.

Granite Run Project
Five streams in Delaware County, Pa., are monitored to evaluate the effectiveness of stormwater controls near the site of a redevelopment of the former Granite Run Mall.

Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI)
DRWI is a cross-cutting collaboration working to conserve and restore the streams that supply drinking water to 15 million people in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Constructed Stormwater Wetland (CSW)
The CSW treats over 42 acres of stormwater runoff on Villanova University’s main and west campus, and is one of the oldest stormwater control measures within VCRWS.

I-95 PennDOT Project
VCRWS researchers have installed rain gardens along I-95 to help mitigate the additional impervious surface created with the expansion of the interstate.

Aligning with Villanova’s mission of veritas, unitas, and caritas, we value and seek to empower all members of our community to develop their potential, bring their full self to the goals of VCRWS, and engage in a community of inclusion. This mission is a common responsibility for all VCRWS members.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral components of the teaching and learning experience and an essential element of the ongoing intellectual, social, and spiritual development of every member of the Villanova Community.  

Director
Dr. Robert Traver
Phone: (610) 519-7899
Email: robert.traver@villanova.edu

Coordinator
Erin Malanowski
Phone: (610) 519-6694
Email: vcrws@villanova.edu

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VCRWS NEWS

Dr. Robert Traver

Dr. Robert Traver Leaves Big Shoes to Fill After Stepping Down as Daylor Chair

From 2015-2020, while serving as the Edward A. Daylor Chair in Civil Engineering, Dr. Robert Traver, PE, D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE, ’82 MSCE added to his already long list of accomplishments. His greatest source of pride, however, is the success of his research team within the Villanova Center for Resilient Water Systems.

Dr.. Bridget Wadzuk

Dr. Bridget Wadzuk Named Daylor Chair in Civil Engineering

Committed to “resolving environmental justice issues with resilient engineering solutions,” Professor Bridget Wadzuk looks forward to using the resources of the endowed chair to apply machine learning to stormwater design and integrate stormwater into food-energy-water nexus solutions.

When litter in the river isn’t the only reason the Schuylkill is trashier | WHYY, 10/17/20

When litter in the river isn’t the only reason the Schuylkill is trashier | WHYY, 10/17/20

Drs. Andrea Welker and Robert Traver, stormwater experts in Villanova’s Center for Resilient Water Systems, were interviewed on WHYY radio about the trash in the river. What they noted is that the problem with river health isn’t the trash as much as it is the floodwaters that transport it.