Stormwater management is an enormous task involving mapping, monitoring, cleaning and preventing harmful discharges into sometimes hundreds of outfalls and catch basins. Often, even the most well-intentioned municipalities are resource strapped and/or lack the technical expertise or equipment to effectively manage stormwater for the protection of surface water resources and aquatic environments.
Consequently, using the WPI Projects Program and the University of Connecticut Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) program as a starting point, we created the WROC to allow WPI student project groups to offer research and on-the-ground assistance to these municipalities.
Projects might include:
- assessment of the costs and benefits of different stormwater management approaches in a specific scenario;
- development of educational material and training programs on how to minimize the impact of stormwater runoff;
- development of a database to track and prioritize catch basins and
- assistance in compliance with the new MS4 (municipal separate storm sewer) guidelines.
For specific project examples, please see the projects pages.