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Integrated Stormwater Management

This summer, the Integrated Stormwater Management team analyzed green infrastructure as a sustainable method to mitigate stormwater runoff and sewage overflows in South Bend. With a strong focus on improving human and environmental health, the team analyzed the performance of rain gardens and strategic placement to maximize their impact. First, the team monitored the eight engineered soil rain gardens installed in summer 2016 using soil moisture sensors to analyze how different soil types balance infiltration and storage of rainwater. The team first created simulated rain gardens in the lab to better understand water movement before installing sensors in the field. Data from field rain gardens was then collected from simulated rain storms. Finally, a model was created using EmNet’s smart sewer sensors to visualize which rain events cause sewer backups. This will be used to inform placement of green infrastructure in the areas of highest concern.

Check out where our rain gardens are located within the Southeast Neighborhood of South Bend!

Lab Simulation

Interns program and analyze sensors to build a system to understand how rain moves through a rain garden.

Rain Gardens

Interested in hosting a rain garden? Check out our Rain Garden Resource Page to find out more!