Programs & Projects

Programs & Projects

  • Water Quality Research Winterthur/Applecross – This multidisciplinary project research site is located at Winterthur Museum and Gardens, where the team will compare the quality of a stream impacted by traditional mowed landscapes versus another stream that only receives runoff from meadows, forests and landscape beds. One of the primary goals of the project is to curb water pollution at its source — preventing pollution in the first place rather than waiting to treat contaminated water after it enters waterways. A demonstration landscape has been planted at a home in Applecross (a development on Route 100 near Winterthur) to  see if replacing the typical suburban yard of mostly grass with one containing diverse vegetation can help protect the environment; make landscapes more sustainable; and result in an aesthetically pleasing landscape.  At this site, students will catalog the diversity of beneficial insects, birds and other wildlife on the property, document evidence of soil erosion, and keep precise records of the time it takes to complete maintenance tasks. Although the new landscape will need a year or so to fully fill in, it’s already attractive and a vast improvement over the previous vast expanse of grass.  The UD researchers recognize that homeowners aren’t going to change their ways to improve the environment unless the results look good.