Design Day team to help alleviate flooding on local trail
Every spring, the Whiting School of Engineering hosts Design Day, an annual showcase of students’ creativity, optimism, innovation, and ability to translate their theoretical knowledge into solutions to real-world problems.
One group of EHE seniors has engineered a solution to flooding along a popular Baltimore nature trail.
A section of the Stony Run trail, which follows Stony Run Creek just east of the Homewood Campus, becomes waterlogged after heavy rains, resulting in erosion and widening of the path by people seeking a way around the muddiest areas.
The team set out to diagnose the problem and come up with a solution to both the flooding and the erosion.
They used wells to measure the depth of the water table and a double ring infiltrometer to test the permeability of the soil. Their conclusion: The water table is too high and the soil is not permeable enough to allow water to drain off the trail after it rains. The problem is compounded by stormwater runoff from the neighborhood that sits next to and above the path.