Rain gardens are being built all over the city of Buffalo to capture storm water, but we have limited data on their performance.
The City of Buffalo has a combined sewer system that route both gray water and storm water into the same pipe. During large rain events this storm water ends up causing the combined sewer pipes to discharge to local streams. In order to fix this problem, the City of Buffalo has installed rain gardens along roadways to capture storm water before it gets into the combined sewer systems. These rain gardens are small vegetative areas that promote the infiltration of water into the ground. Rain gardens are a key tool to reduce storm water run-off and improve water quality. However, limited research has focused on how effective these rain gardens are in promoting infiltration. Through the quantification of the infiltration capacity in local rain gardens we hope to help the City of Buffalo optimize their system. Our research group is looking for a student to join our team and help us catalog these rain gardens and then quantify the infiltration capacity.
The project outcomes will include:
|Length of commitment||About 10-12 months|
|In-person, remote, or hybrid?||In-person|
|Level of collaboration||Small group project (2-3 students) |
|Benefits||Research experience; academic credit|
|Who is eligible||All undergraduate students who have taken an introductory hydrology or hydrogeology course.|
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