Sarah Fortner

The Environment
6:29 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Wittenberg Students Team Up With Springfield To Fight Storm Water Problem

Wittenberg professor Sarah Fortner and Springfield Stormwater Coordinator Sky Schelle, are working with students to develop rain gardens in the city and on campus.
Credit Zeb Reichert / WYSO

Wittenberg geology students and the city of Springfield have paired up to reduce pollution in area rivers and streams.  The partnership is expected to save the city money and serve as a learning experience for students.

Buck Creek cuts through the middle of Springfield. Trees line the banks and in the warmer months, kayaking and other activities are common recreation. But there’s a problem. During heavy rains, the sewage system gets overwhelmed.

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Education
7:29 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Wittenberg Class Helps Study Stormwater Runoff Problem In Springfield

Wittenberg students evaluate a lot for a potential rain garden.
Credit Sarah K. Fortner

The City of Springfield has partnered with a Wittenberg professor and her Geology class to tackle an ongoing problem with storm overflow waste going directly into Buck Creek during rainstorms. The new partnership has come up with a plan to help fix the problem.

Springfield has an aging sewer system and when it rains all the stormwater goes into the same pipeline as the city's sanitary waste. The city has increased in size but the pipeline hasn't, and so there's an overflow of raw sewage.

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