Research on Green Infrastructure at the USEPA


Michelle Simon, Ph.D., P.E. United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development; Center for Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response; Water Infrastructure Division

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 10:00am



This presentation will cover a portion of green infrastructure research during the past ten years at the USEPA and our future plans. USEPA has conducted water quantity and quality studies on permeable pavement and rain gardens in Edison, New Jersey, as well as investigations in Camden, NJ; Cincinnati, OH; Louisville, KY; Fort Riley, KS, and Fort Irwin, CA. The Stormwater Management Model (SWMM) Version 5 has been undergoing development for the past ten years, and notably now has model modules for green infrastructure low impact development stormwater controls. USEPA is updating the historical weather files and calculation of extreme files for the National Stormwater Calculator. USEPA hopes to continue green infrastructure research.

The U.S. EPA, through its Office of Research and Development, funded and collaborated in the research described in this presentation. It has been subjected to the agency's administrative review and has been approved for external publication. Opinions expressed in this presentation are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agency; therefore, no official endorsement should be inferred. Any mention of trade names, manufacturers, or products does not imply an endorsement by EPA. EPA and its employees do not endorse commercial products, services, or enterprises

Speaker Bio

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Michelle Simon is a Senior Chemical Engineer in the Water Infrastructure Division of the Office of Research and Development for the US Environmental Protection Agency.  She is the primary technical point of contact for the Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) and also works with other watershed models, such as the National Stormwater Calculator, HSPF, KINEROS2, HEC, and SWAT.  She worked with HYDRUS and MODFLOW while working on EPA’s Superfund Sites.  She holds a Ph.D. in Evironmental Science from The University of Arizona, a Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.