Funding received through the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program will go towards removing contaminants in runoff and monitoring water quality
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has received a $1,057,401 grant through the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program to remove contaminants from runoff and develop best practices for protecting water quality in aquifer recharge zones. The aquifer protection program launched in 2005 and focuses on protecting water quality throughout the aquifer.
The UTSA campus will combine low-impact development techniques to treat storm water runoff from a total of 9.5 acres of rooftops and parking spaces. The treatments will target contaminants including fertilizer, bacteria and hydrocarbons from automotive fluids, according to Express News. The project will be led by Brian Laub, assistant professor of environmental science and Janis Bush, professor and chair of the department of environmental science and ecology.
“When the main campus was constructed in early 1970s, it was designed to move storm water off-site as quickly and efficiently as possible using the best practices in the industry at the time,” Laub said.
Campus growth has since raised the need for more natural areas to manage storm water runoff and improve water quality. The team will use the funding to install more natural storm water treatment features and to monitor the water quality leaving the main campus.