03-11-19 | Education
U. of Maryland Researches Stormwater Management
Team Includes a Professor in Landscape Architecture

U. of Maryland Researches Stormwater Management

Vacant lots, such as this one in Baltimore, will be examined by a professor at the University of Maryland, in order to determine how they affect urban stormwater runoff.

A diverse assemblage of researchers from the University of Maryland, located in College Park, is taking a four-step approach towards implementing better urban stormwater management practices in an attempt to improve the health of two major watersheds in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas.

It is reported that the team will examine vacant lots, broken sewers, trash, mosquitoes, nitrogen and phosphorus levels, and sediment associated with urbanization pollutants that can disrupt a healthy body of water.

The first step to this study is being led by Victoria Chanse, associate professor in plant science and landscape architecture, who is tasked with evaluating the needs and issues of the two communities. Then, Paul Leisnham, associate professor in environmental science and technology, will study mosquito habitats and how they perform in different ecological areas.

The third part of the study is being led by Hubert Montas, associate professor in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, who will develop a support tool aimed at helping water resource managers and regulatory agencies. Lastly, "the fourth objective involves the actual dissemination and implementation of intervention strategies to mitigate flooding and improve stormwater management practices."

Sponsoring partners of this research include the Anacostia Watershed Society, the Maryland Sea Grant, the Parks and People Foundation and Blue Water Baltimore.


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