Who We Are

Mission – To advance the practice of stormwater management through cross-disciplinary research, demonstration, and outreach.

Just as the two important tributary watersheds, the Pennypack Creek and Schuylkill River watersheds, contribute to the larger, more complex Delaware River system, Temple University and Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP) combined resources in 2006 to form a larger, more powerful stormwater initiative: the Temple-Villanova Sustainable Stormwater Initiative (T-VSSI). The T-VSSI is envisioned as a long-term partnership that combines the strengths of both research centers creating an interdisciplinary organization to demonstrate stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs), to conduct research, and to conduct a broad outreach program focusing on regional stormwater management. As two independent research programs, Temple and the VUSP have made important contributions to the understanding of the stormwater management issues and implementation of BMPs in their respective watersheds.

The T-VSSI project was made possible by research grants from William Penn Foundation and the PADEP Growing Greener Program.

T-VSSI Research Project Overview

Since its inception in 2005, the T-VSSI team has built and monitored five demonstration BMPs in the Pennypack Creek Watershed on land owned and protected by the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, and six of the eight BMPs installed on the Villanova campus. Researchers monitor the BMPs, testing various water quality and quantity criteria, to assess the potential improvements the BMPs can provide to local watersheds.

A major component of BMP research is to determine the benefits provided by retrofitting conventional detention basins to allow infiltration to occur. Researchers believe that basin retrofits, applied throughout a watershed, would significantly reduce the quantity of runoff delivered to streams, thereby reducing the adverse impacts of flooding, protect stream baseflows, and thus improve water quality.