As Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at University of Illinois, Mary Pat McGuire has received a $175,000 grant from Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant to develop geologic soils-based site and surface design research to alleviate flooding in flood-prone urban areas. As PI, McGuire leads a team including Drew Phillips and Dave Grimley from Illinois State Geological Survey, Ashlynn Stillwell from Civil & Environmental Engineering and Margaret Schneemann from Illinois Extension. The team will develop a comprehensive dataset of hydro-geologic soils in the glaciated coastal region, integrated with urban surface design research to disrupt barriers and promote rainwater infiltration. They will work with communities to integrate this research into local landscape infrastructure planning.
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is part of the National Sea Grant Program under NOAA that sponsors critical research in coastal and Great Lakes communities.