October 12 & 13, 2022
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.
Building on the success of the VUSP and expanding the scope of work and expertise of the research team, the VUSP became part of a broader organization – the Villanova Center for Resilient Water Systems (VCRWS). This was a natural progression to “engage with society to create resilient engineered solutions for global water challenges.” The VCRWS combines stormwater research with work under a changing climate, rapid urbanization, and aging infrastructure to ensure stormwater management infrastructure is resilient over time. The core mission of VCRWS is built on the VUSP’s mission to apply scientific knowledge “to advance the evolving field of sustainable stormwater management and to foster the development of public and private partnerships through research.”
Acknowledging that sustainable stormwater management and climate resiliency research is conducted on the traditional homelands of the Lenni-Lenape people, the Villanova Center for Resilient Water Systems (VCRWS) strives to advance the realm of knowledge such that the original caretakers' mission is respected through public outreach and fruitful partnerships. We encourage you to visit lenape-nation.org for additional information on the Lenni-Lenape people.
As of August 2022, current Partners include NTM, AECOM, OPTI, Duffield Associates, T&M Associates, Century Engineering, Sci-Tek Consultants, Grist Design, Jacobs, JMT, Langan, and Biohabitats.