Publication Date

10-2017

Committee Members

Carolina Aragon, Committee Chair Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, UMass Amherst Carey Clouse, Committee Member Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, UMass Amherst Jane Thurber, Committee Member Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, UMass Amherst Robert Ryan, Department Chair Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, UMass Amherst

Abstract

Context Wastewater management is an issue that every community faces. Whether a small-scale septic tank or a large-scale centralized wastewater treatment plant, these systems are often insufficient in accomplishing their singular purpose: cleaning water. This results in the contamination of hydrological systems. In its focus on the intersection of the natural and built environment, the practice of landscape architecture may include the design of wastewater management systems. This project demonstrates how landscape architecture principles applied to waste water management systems provides both ecological and human benefits. Goals The goal of this project is to find ways that waste water systems can be a part of green infrastructure initiatives. The project proposal demonstrates that landscapes can be multi-functional; in this case, a greenway can be a recreational amenity and provide waste water management. Scope of Work • Develop a typology to inventory waste water systems • Case studies research of innovative waste water treatment systems • Apply knowledge to address a waste water issues in region of Cape Cod, where increased development has resulted in contamination of the hydrological system. The town of Barnstable faces the following challenges: • Increased development • Decrease in effectiveness of septic systems • Ineffective centralized sewer system • Excess nutrients in groundwater detrimental to hydrological health This approach seeks to accomplish the following: • Create a public greenway • Reconnect fragmented hydrological network to improve ecosystem functionality • Improve resilience of public water infrastructure

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