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The Influence of Green Infrastructure Based Stormwater Management Practices on Groundwater Quality


National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Groundwater, Watershed & Ecosystem Restoration Division

RO# Location
22.03.05.B8212 Ada, OK 748201198


Name E-mail Phone
Beak, Douglas G 580-436-8813


The use of Green infrastructure (GI) to infiltrate stormwater into the subsurface is being encouraged as an alternative to traditional approaches of stormwater management. Much of the current knowledge on the use of GI for stormwater management has been focused on the infiltration of stormwater into the subsurface, hydrologic considerations, and water quantity. Potential changes to groundwater quality caused by the infiltrating stormwater have received little attention and the existing information available is conflicting. This research gap merits further investigation to understand how the use of GI practices for stormwater management influences groundwater quality; aquifer and vadose zone biogeochemistry; fate and transport of contaminants; and the risk posed to vadose zone sediments and groundwater from the use of GI practices for stormwater management.

The specific goals for this research program include (1) A comprehensive literature review of the state of the science (knowledge) on how GI influences groundwater quality in different climatic, geographic, and geologic settings; current monitoring techniques; potential next generation monitoring techniques; and potential mitigation practices that could be beneficial for preventing groundwater contamination. This literature review will be used to guide future research, prepare reports for various EPA Offices, as well as review paper(s) for publication. (2) The collection of data from sites where GI practices for stormwater management have been established, analysis of the data collected, and the publication of the results of this data will also be an important component of this research program.


Green infrastructure; Water quality; Groundwater; Stromwater; Hydrogeochemistry; Biogeochemistry; Fate and transport; Low impact development; Groundwater monitoring;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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