Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP)

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

Since its inception, VUSP has traversed a long and successful path. At present, it has several partners and members from both the private and public sectors who contribute to the direction and growth of VUSP research.

The Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership’s Stormwater Control Measure (SCM) Research and Demonstration Park includes several types of SCMs: a stormwater wetland, bio-infiltration and bio-retention rain gardens and swales, pervious concrete / porous asphalt installations, infiltration trenches and a green roof.

VUSP’s operations are supported by:

Fluid Mechanics Lab
Fluid Mechanics Lab
Soils Testing Lab
Soils Testing Lab

These labs support research into the hydrologic and environmental performance of numerous on campus SCMs. Some of the tests that are carried out in the water resources lab include nitrogen, chloride and phosphorus analysis; heavy metals analysis; total dissolved and suspended solids; pH and conductivity.


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.  

Dr. Robert Traver
Phone: (610) 519-7899

Paula Kwasniewska
Phone: (610) 519-5459