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Woodbury Team Offers Solutions to Water Challenges

A roundtable discussion by Woodbury University School of Architecture and Woodbury University's Arid Land Institute on capturing urban storm water in the San Fernando Valley was among the projects showcased as part of an 18-month college grant program that recently concluded.

The Woodbury project, "Where is it Let's (re)Use It": Developing a Fine-Scaled Geospatial Modeling Tool for the Strategic Reassessing and Uncovering of Urban Stormwater Resources," was part of a gathering of 15 teams representing 11 universities and community colleges. The Woodbury team, which completed the project in conjunction with the City of Burbank, convened at Metropolitan Water District's downtown Los Angeles headquarters with other colleges to present prototypes and projects developed by students to address local and worldwide water issues as part of the Southern California World Water Forum.

Co-sponsored by Metropolitan, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, with in-kind contributions from Friends of the United Nations and Water For People, the competition awarded teams $10,000 to research, develop and communicate water-use efficiency technology that can be used cost-effectively in water-stressed regions, locally or globally. In addition to Woodbury, participating colleges in the World Water Forum funding cycle were California State University, Long Beach; Fullerton College; Loma Linda University; Loyola Marymount University; Mt. San Antonio College; Pasadena City College; San Diego State University; the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of California, Riverside; and the University of California, Santa Barbara.