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.


 

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

Sea Grant Provides Funding for Professors’ Stream Research

Sea Grant Provides Funding for Professors’ Stream Research

VCRWS researchers Drs. Virginia Smith and Andrea Welker were awarded nearly $120,000 in funding through the Pennsylvania Sea Grant program to evaluate the comprehensive impacts of urbanization and restoration on stream processes in the Delaware estuary. 

Dr. Virginia Smith Earns UCOWR 2020 Early Career Award

Dr. Virginia Smith Earns UCOWR 2020 Early Career Award

The Universities Council on Water Resources honored Dr. Virginia Smith, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a 2020 Early Career Award for Applied Research, referencing her research on the change in rivers, reservoirs and floodplains through time, particularly in urban settings.

Dr. Kristin Sample Lord's Paper Selected as 2020 "Editor's Choice"

Dr. Kristin Sample Lord's Paper Selected as 2020 "Editor's Choice"  

The Canadian Geotechnical Journal selected Assistant Professor Dr. Kristin Sample-Lord’s paper "Apparent salt diffusion coefficients for soil–bentonite backfills” as its 2020 Editor’s Choice.