UF team takes first place in Campus RainWorks Challenge

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 6:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 6:23 p.m.

The University of Florida took first place in a competition sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency focused on developing infrastructure that reduces stormwater pollution and supports sustainable communities, according to a UF media release.

Two hundred and eighteen teams from around the country competed in the inaugural Campus RainWorks Challenge, in which students in various branches of engineering and landscape architecture worked together.

The UF team included 12 students in landscape architecture, environmental, agricultural and biological engineering. Their project created a “journey of water” representing stormwater as it flows and spills into Lake Alice on the UF campus, the release said. It starts at the Reitz Union North lawn, and eventually the water flows into the Floridan Aquifer. The project emphasized the relationship between humans and water, the release said.

More than 30 judges from the EPA, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Water Environment Federation selected the winners based on criteria including analysis and planning, preservation and restoration of natural features, integrated water management, soil and vegetation management, value to campus, and likelihood of implementation.

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