The UD WATER Project, which stands for Watershed Action Team for Ecological Restoration, was formed in early 2008 as a collaborative initiative with the long-term goal of merging and facilitating university-wide efforts to minimize the environmental impacts of stormwater runoff from our campus. WRA’s Jerry Kauffman is the project co-director of UD WATER and serves along with Andrew Homsey and Martha Narvaez on this interdisciplinary and collaborative water-focused team.

The UD WATER initiative is synergistic with a goal of the University’s Path to Prominence strategic plan to become a Green Campus.   The UD WATER team works to bring together various departments and disciplines from across the campus to focus on stormwater management techniques in a collaborative and creative manner. The ultimate goal for this team, which includes faculty, staff, and students, is to reduce the quantity and increase the quality of storm runoff from campus properties, which will ultimately benefit the local waterways and is consistent with the mission of EPA regulations requiring the University and City of Newark to have a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.


For more details, or to join the UD WATER project, please contact Jerry Kauffman ( or view the website here.