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Miami Students Investigate Stormwater


My name is Alex Del Valle and I am part of a team of graduate students in the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES) at Miami University. Our team is assisting Oxford’s Environmental Commission with research regarding stormwater management in Oxford. We want to make contact with the Audubon Miami Valley since we believed your organization to be relevant to this project.

In particular, we are investigating what stormwater management practices residents and businesses have incorporated on their properties. These practices, often referred to as stormwater best management practices (BMPs), include rain gardens, rain barrels, pervious pavers, bioswales, and other practices. The team plans to summarize the current practices so that the Commission understands the current extent of these practices in Oxford. With the permission of the owners or managers of the BMPs, we also hope to create a map that identifies the location of the BMPs.

We are contacting the Audubon Miami Valley to see if you think any of your members may have incorporated stormwater BMPs on their property. If so, would you mind sending them this link to an online questionnaire:  Oxford Stormwater Management BMP Questionnaire

The questionnaire is strictly for research purposes and is completely voluntary. The first page of the survey informs the participants about the research and asks for their consent before they proceed.

In addition to the online questionnaire, we were wondering if we would be able to attend one of your club meetings to share information about our project. We thought that your club members may be interested in our work. We also thought this would provide us the opportunity to bring paper copies of the questionnaire to provide to those who may have been missed in the online questionnaire. I’d be happy to discuss this with you in more detail. Feel free to contact me via this email address or call me at 330-573-6992.

Research Notice and Consent: This research project is being conducted by IES students for course credit on behalf of the Oxford Environmental Commission. Your participation is voluntary. If you choose to participate, you may change your mind at any time. The students will ask for your consent before they use your information in the report. For more information about the research project, contact the project manager and course instructor, Suzi Zazycki at513-529-5845 or If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, contact the Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship at513-529-3600 or

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