Lawrenceville Receives Funding to Conduct Water Quality Monitoring of Campus Stream System

The Lawrenceville School is pleased to announce it has received funding for a baseline study of water quality in the campus stream known as the Shipetaukin Creek that is part of the Delaware River Basin. The Fair Play Foundation of Wilmington, Delaware, led by Blaine Philips P'22 will support a partnership beginning in the spring of 2020 with the internationally-recognized Stroud Water Research Center of Avondale, Pennsylvania.

The project will involve working with Stroud Center Director of Education Steve Kerlin and the Center’s education and research staff to support student research in documenting current watershed health conditions. A long-term, student-led study will also be developed that will measure planned improvements in water quality and environmental stewardship actions following the implementation of stream best practices as part of the School’s Tsai Dining Hall and Athletics Complex construction proposed by Sazaki Architects and campus facilities staff. New practices include stream buffers, rain gardens, and permeable pavers that will prevent polluted runoff from campus paved surfaces behind the Tsai Complex from draining directly into the campus stream.

Lawrenceville’s Director of Sustainability Steve Laubach noted that "the section of the Shipetaukin Creek on campus is currently in an impaired state with parking lot runoff and eroded banks. As a tributary to the Delaware River and a source of drinking water for millions downstream, it is important for us to do our part to demonstrate improvement, and this will allow our students to accomplish that goal."

For additional information, please contact Lisa M. Gillard Hanson, director of Public Relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.