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Natural Water Infrastructure Systems

Leader: Alexandria Boehm

Natural systems like wetlands and streams are already being used as part of water management strategies. Here, we will apply rigorous engineering principles to natural systems so they can be more effectively employed in urban water infrastructure. We will study and quantify how wetlands and streams improve water quality, ecosystem health, and urban aesthetics; investigate subsurface water storage in urban areas; explore how natural barriers work to purify wastewater effluent; and develop techniques to harvest stormwater for aquifer recharge.