Improving Our Community Waterways Together!

UofL Partnership


MSD has developed a multi-year collaborative agreement with URS Corporation; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development; and the University of Louisville (UofL) Center for Infrastructure Research to determine the stormwater benefit of green infrastructure by utilizing field data. 

The geographic basin areas of Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) 130 and CSO 190 include 28 acres and 145 acres, respectively. MSD’s Integrated Overflow Abatement Plan includes storage basins for both these CSOs. The partnership team has developed the plan to design, standardize, build, monitor, evaluate and validate green infrastructure within these areas. Green infrastructure-such as rain gardens, bioswales, pervious pavement and downspout disconnection-reduces sewer overflows and improves the quality of area waterways, thus allowing MSD to either downsize or eliminate the storage basins.

The partnership team developed a green-infrastructure master plan for the UofL Belknap Campus and a preliminary master plan for the UofL Health Sciences Center. These master plans identify green infrastructure opportunities, and prioritize them according to their cost and anticipated benefits.

University of Louisville Green Stormwater Infrastructure Projects