Sharp Avenue Feasibility Study and Performance Assessment

Location: Spokane, WA

Aimee Navickis-Brasch, Phd, PE, served as the lead water quality and maintenance researcher as well as the adviser to civil engineering students who work on these projects. Her work on the feasibility study focused on summarizing the known benefits of permeable pavement related to pollutant reduction as well as the common maintenance practices and challenge. Aimee’s work associated with this task included conducting a literature search, interviewing stormwater and maintenance staff from DOTs throughout the nation, and summarizing findings into the final feasibility study. Aimee’s work on the performance assessment focused on evaluating the effectiveness of permeable asphalt for removing/reducing pollutants from stormwater. Pollutants included total suspended solids (TSS), total and dissolved copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn), total phosphorus (TP), and total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH). Aimee’s work associated with this project included serving as the principal investigator and leading a team of senior Civil Engineering students to develop the experimental design, conduct flow through column testing using synthetic stormwater, sample collection, data analysis, and develop the final technical report.

(Photo provided and used with permission from Gonzaga University)