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Recent Publications:

Mason, B., M. Rufi-Salis, F. Parada, X. Gabarrell, and C. Gruden. 2019. “Intelligent urban irrigation systems: Saving water and maintaining crop yields,” Agricultural Water Management. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2019.105812.

Bahaya, B., M. Al-Quraishi, and C. Gruden. 2019. “Utilizing SWMM and GIS to identify total suspended solids hotspots to implement green infrastructure in Lucas County, OH,” Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy. DOI: 10.1002/ep.13240.

Ertezaei, B., T. Dietrich, L. Ponce, and C. Gruden. 2018. “Real-Time Water Depth Logger Data as Input to PCSWMM to Estimate Tree Filter Performance,” Journal of Water Management Modeling. DOI: 10.14796/JWMM.C457.

Collaborations:

We collaborated on a Great Lakes Protection Fund project with the Branko Kerkez’ Real-time Water Systems Lab at the University of Michigan.

Kerkez, B., Gruden, C., Lewis, M., Montestruque, L., Quigley, M., Wong, B., Bedig, A., Kertesz, R., Cadwalader, A., Poresky, A. May 2016. “Smarter Stormwater Systems” Environmental Science and Technology. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b05870.

We collaborated on NSF-funded project with Dr. Defne Apul at the University of Toledo, Dr. Steven Burian from University of Utah and several researchers from Autonomous University in Barcelona (UAB).  The international collaboration is focused on Urban Agriculture.  Check out our project website.

Mason, B., M. Rufi-Salis, F. Parada, X. Gabarrell, and C. Gruden. 2019. “Intelligent urban irrigation systems: Saving water and maintaining crop yields,” Agricultural Water Management. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2019.105812.

Presentations:

Bahaya, B. and Gruden C. May 2018. “Improved performance of Green Stormwater Infrastructure through outlet control.” [Podium Presentation] 11th Annual Ohio Storm Water Association Conference, Kalahari Resorts & Conferences, May 9-11 2018.

Bahaya B., Fortin J., Wong B., Kerkez B. and Gruden C. Oct 2017. “Estimating the Benefits of Active Control of Green Stormwater Infrastructure using Hydrologic Models.” in: Environmental Science & Policy Program Research Symposium 2017: Urban Environment, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center 219 South Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI 48824. Oct 27th 2017.

Apul, D.S., Gruden, C., Burian, S., Gabarrel, X., Josa, A., Rieradevall, J., Petit-Boix, A. July 2017. “Handprint and Footprint of Growing Food in the Cities.” ISIE/ISST 2017 International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology. Chicago.

Piezer, K., Davis, K., Briese, E., Apul, D.S., Gruden, C., Burian, S., Rieradevall, J., Gabarrell, X., Josa, A. July 2017. “Ecological Network Analysis of Urban Agriculture.” Torres and Earth 2017, Fourth Edition of the Torres & Earth Environmental Innovation Award. Barcelona.

Bahaya, B., Fortin, J., Mullapudi, A., Kerkez, B., Gruden, C. June 2017. “Estimating the benefits of Active Control of Green Stormwater Infrastructure using Hydrologic Modeling.” 2017AEESP Conference, June 21-22. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Bahaya, B., Al-Quraishi, M., Rousseau, K. and Gruden, C. February 2017. “Effects of land use, topography, soil texture and imperviousness on sediment and nutrient loadings in the Western Lake Erie Basin.” Borchardt Conference, February 21-22. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Gruden, C., A. Dietrich, and R. Yarlagadda. May 2016. “Prioritization of Residential Demolition Sites for Decentralized Stormwater Management.” 2016 Ohio Stormwater Association Conference, May 5-6, Sharonville, OH.

For additional information, contact details and a link to Dr. Gruden’s cv are located on the About page.

 

Green Stormwater Infrastructure at UT

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Tree filter and weather station located next to the Law School.

Bioswale Planting

UT Students planting the bioswale in September 2014.

Green stormwater infrastructure was constructed at the University of Toledo from USEPA GLRI through Lucas County SWIF Funds.  These projects include a tree filter located adjacent to the Law School and a bioswale below Savage Arena.  Both structures are located between parking lots and the Ottawa River.  UT students have been intimately involved in design, construction, and ongoing monitoring of these sites. Below is a location and copies of educational signage posted at each of these locations.

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 Monitoring is an important aspect of green stormwater infrastructure since there is little data related to performance.  Data that exists is site specific. We have installed a weather station at the University of Toledo which collects real-time weather data including rainfall, windspeed, relative humidity, and temperature adjacent to the tree filter.  These measurements vary significantly with distance and are critical for accurate estimates of stormwater runoff.