The Princeton campus sits on a natural hillside with Lake Carnegie on its southern edge, making it a natural drainage basin within the 265 square mile Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed. As the campus and surrounding communities have grown over many decades, additional stormwater runoff has been introduced to the watershed draining into Lake Carnegie, including Washington Road Stream, resulting in system-wide instability and severe damage to ecosystems.
In the fall of 2010, Princeton University embarked on an ecological stream restoration project of the Washington Road Stream. The goal of the project was to enable the stream to sustainably handle stormwater runoff as well as everyday flow, while improving habitat. This restoration represents the first non-state attempt of its kind in New Jersey.
In this video, staff, faculty, and students discuss the restoration project and how it is being used to advance teaching and research in the Program of Environmental Studies at Princeton, with a particular focus on addressing real world problems.
Visit the Office of Sustainability's new interactive exhibit and kiosk space in the Frist Campus Center to learn more about the Washington Road Stream Restoration project and other sustainability initiatives on campus.