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April 22, 2019

Smart and connected stormwater systems

Affordable sensors dramatically improve aging stormwater community infrastructures to handle flooding, pollution

The city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has turned to engineering research to tackle an issue facing many cities -- aging stormwater infrastructure -- during a time of tight budgets, growing populations and more extreme weather. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), civil and environmental engineer Branko Kerkez and a team at the University of Michigan are building a new generation of smart and connected stormwater systems, and they're testing them in Ann Arbor and other locations around the country. These retrofits are autonomous technologies that help the older systems perform better during storm events.

The research in this episode was supported by NSF award #1737432, "Overcoming Social and Technical Barriers for the Broad Adoption of Smart Stormwater Systems."

Miles O'Brien, Science Nation Correspondent
Kate Tobin, Science Nation Producer

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