Simpson and Gruber Partner in New NOAA Study in Minnesota

Two environmental studies faculty members at Antioch University New England (AUNE) will be involved in helping Minnesota communities adapt stormwater infrastructure to cope with extreme weather events caused by the changing climate.

Michael Simpson, chair of the Department of Environmental Studies, and Jim Gruber, core faculty member and director of AUNE’s resource management and conservation, and sustainable development and climate change programs, are part of a team studying the watershed of Minnehaha Creek. The team includes alumnus Latham Stack, MS’01, CEO of Syntectic International, LLC, Portland, Oregon.

The study will look at rainfall and land use, and assess stormwater management in the Minnehaha Creek watershed. The investigators will determine ways to adapt management systems to climate change, and work with community members on developing plans.

The study is funded by a nearly $300,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is the fourth in a series investigating how municipalities can adjust to a changing climate. Simpson and Gruber were part of a similar team, including AUNE alumni, that undertook a NOAA-funded study of the Lake Sunapee watershed in New Hampshire.

Find out more about the current project here.