The Stormwater Research Facility at Auburn University is a 10-acre outdoor research facility dedicated to conducting full-scale evaluations to improve practices and products used to manage stormwater runoff. In addition to research, the facility engages in product testing and development, and delivers hands-on training events for professionals in the stormwater industry. The Stormwater Research Facility, formally the Auburn University - Erosion and Sediment Control Testing Facility (AU-ESCTF), was developed in 2009 as part of a collaborative effort between the Highway Research Center at Auburn University and the Alabama Department of Transportation.

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Our Mission

The Stormwater Research Facility serves the stormwater industry by developing practical stormwater technologies; advancing stormwater management through interdisciplinary research, product evaluation, & training.  Our vision is to craft innovative and practical stormwater management solutions that will be recognized nationally as standards of practice through research, testing, and training.

Research providing a scientific understanding of stormwater management practices used to minimize impacts of construction, urban, and agricultural stormwater runoff.

Testing independent, third - party, standardized testing of manufactured stormwater practices. Overall product performance can be compared against standard or conventional practices to evaluate whether a product provides a substantial improvement in managing stormwater.

Training  transferring knowledge gained through research to designers, practitioners, regulators, and the general public in order to showcase proper techniques of installing, maintaining, and inspecting various stormwater management practices.