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pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
18
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, May 17 2019 1:43 PM UTC +00:00

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Back to the beginning…

To best explain and describe our project and why it is important we first need to explain and describe what stormwater is and why it is important. Stormwater is often overlooked but impacts everyone and everywhere. It is water from rain or snow fall that can soak into soil (infiltrate) or runoff into water bodies. Some runoff is natural, but too much, especially from impervious surfaces like parking lots and from increasingly intense rain events, can carry pollutants like litter, fertilizer, or exposed soil into nearby streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. This diminishes water quality, sometimes to the point of impacting drinking water, and damages natural habitat. 

Runoff can also cause erosion of streambanks, sloped areas, and exposed soil due to the power of the quickly moving water. This can result in degradation of stream bank stability and thus the natural stream processes and habitat, damage and destruction of infrastructure like bridges and pipes, and property loss and damage for landowners as well as a general decrease in aesthetics. 

This is a problem faced around the country and around the world. A few recent examples include the California forest fires, the Hypoxic Zone in the Gulf of Mexico, and Iowa water quality issues. The links below can tell you more about each of these issues. 

https://www.estormwater.com/runoff-treatment/storm-water-runoff-threatens-sacramento-river-watershed-post-carr-fire

https://www.epa.gov/ms-htf/hypoxia-101

https://coastalscience.noaa.gov/news/price-of-shrimp-affected-by-gulf-of-mexico-dead-zone/

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/iowa-agriculture-runoff-water-pollution-environment/

In the pictures below you see stream bank erosion, undercutting, and loss of flow (because the channel is so much wider and there is less baseflow (water that feeds streams between rain events) from infiltration to feed the stream), algae growth (caused by excessive fertilizer in runoff), and erosion on a hillside. All of these were caused by increased runoff from increased impervious cover and more intense storms. 

Stream bank erosion, undercutting, and loss of flow
Stream bank erosion, undercutting, and loss of flow
Algae growth
Algae growth
Erosion on a hillside
Erosion on a hillside

So what is the project?

We have an agreement with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks to install two configurations of the patented stormwater management device we are developing in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. The goal of the project is to further research, increase stormwater education in the park and around mid-Missouri, and address the negative impacts of excessive stormwater runoff in two areas of the park. This partnership between Infiltronics Environmental and Rock Bridge Memorial State Park will be beneficial to both parties and will further the development of this technology.We believe this device will change how people think about stormwater management and provide superior outcomes for the environment and those installing management methods such as developers and engineers. Because of the scale of these two installs including the labor, raw materials, and soil moisture sensors required, and the fact that we do not have an outside source of revenue, we need help funding this project to make it a reality. 

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Site 1
Site 2
Site 2
Site 2
Site 2
Site 1
Site 1
Site 2
Site 2

What is this device and how does it work? 

This technology works to mimic natural stormwater processes by using redistribution (spreading water out) to increase infiltration. It is a patented technology and is comprised of geotextile fabric tubes with a variety of segments filled with different aggregate like gravel and sand. It is placed in shallow trenches (approximately 18” deep) around the site and then covered with the original top soil. The main innovation of the technology is three-dimensional flow. That is, vertical, longitudinal, and transverse (horizontal) flow. Changing the configuration and size of aggregate allows us to engineer how the concentrated water on a site moves through the soil. Each installation is site specific based on soil, slope, amount of rain in an area, and amount of impervious cover. 

Patent Figure 1
Patent Figure 1
Patent Figures 3 & 4
Patent Figures 3 & 4
Patent Figure 5A
Patent Figure 5A
Device Installation
Device Installation

What is Infiltronics Environmental and who are you?

Infiltronics Environmental is a company based in Columbia, MO that is developing a patented stormwater management device that works to undo the impacts of unmanaged or poorly managed stormwater runoff by mimicking natural processes of redistribution to increase infiltration. We want to provide efficient management solutions for engineers and developers while also improving environmental outcomes. 

In the summer of 2017 we received a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant. The I-Corps program works with scientists and engineers to move out of the laboratory and into the real world with their technology. It helps teams understand all of the parts necessary to have a successful company and where they are on the path to becoming a successful company. A huge part of this is customer discovery work, going out and speaking to the people who will use it or be involved in the process of using it. The program gives each team $50,000, primarily for customer discovery. With these funds we spoke to almost 200 individuals in the stormwater industry around the country including engineers, developers, installers, and competing technology companies in California, Washington, New Jersey, Florida, Washington D.C., Texas, Illinois, and Missouri. From these interviews we learned about what is really needed in a solution and we are building this technology and our company around those needs, not just what we think is cool. 

Before participating in the national I-Corps program we participated in the site program based out of Missouri S&T. In this program we received $3,000 for customer discovery and prototype development. We used part of these funds for lab testing. In these lab tests we were able to show three-dimensional flow and continuation of flow from segment to segment. In the national I-Corps program a maximum of $5,000 of the grant could be used for prototype development. We used this portion of the grant to pay for part of our first field installation. We are currently collecting soil moisture data on the first field installation so we can provide quantitative evidence on how the device is redistributing and infiltrating concentrated runoff. 

The team at Infiltronics Environmental is composed of Kathleen Trauth, Ph.D., P.E. and Virginia Trauth, E.I. Kathleen is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Missouri. She is a licensed professional engineer in Missouri and New Mexico and has over 30 years of engineering experience. Virginia has a degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri and has earned her engineering intern certification from the State of Missouri, the first step towards licensure. She has engineering experience in the utility and civil engineering consulting industries as well as experience building and running research experiments. Oh yeah, and we are mother and daughter. See any resemblance? 

Kathleen Trauth
Kathleen Trauth
Virginia Trauth
Virginia Trauth

Check out this article on our acceptance into the I-Corps Program: 

https://engineering.missouri.edu/2017/08/mu-mother-daughter-duo-receives-nsf-i-corps-support/

And these two on this project:

https://engineering.missouri.edu/2019/04/team-trauth-takes-big-step-toward-sustainable-stormwater-solution/ 

https://www.columbiatribune.com/news/20190428/rock-bridge-state-park-tests-new-drain-system 

At Infiltronics Environmental we have the mission to completely change and improve standard stormwater management by mimicking natural stormwater processes. At the end of the day we want to make the natural and built environments better and healthier places.

Why is this project important to you? 

We are passionate about stormwater management because it impacts everyone and everywhere and because it is such an important resource but also has the potential for harm if not managed properly. We hate to see the negative impacts of poorly managed stormwater around the country and here in mid-Missouri and think we can help solve this problem. 

How will you make this project happen?

To make this project a reality we will follow a blue-print similar to our first install but on a larger scale and with the added knowledge and experience from that install. We will use a soil scientist who is also a licensed onsite wastewater system designer to ensure that we understand the soil we are installing in. We will also use the services of a licensed septic installer to ensure that we have the minimal impact on the soil structure and the park as possible. The installer has extensive experience excavating on difficult terrain while maintaining necessary slopes and minimally impacting the site and soil structure. We will also use locally sourced aggregate and geotextile fabric intended and commonly used for permanent underground installation. The fabric has already been procured through a donation from Hanes Geo, a large supplier of geosynthetic and environmental products, whose parent company, Leggett & Platt, is based out of Carthage, Missouri. We will use the same manufacturer of soil moisture sensors to collect our data and production of the units themselves has already begun to ensure that the installs can take place in a timely manner. As we mentioned above, we already have an agreement in place and have had our installation designs approved so we have a guaranteed location and approval to proceed. The only missing piece to make this project happen is the funding.

Why do we need your help?

We need your help because the scale of this project, financially, is a lot for a new two-person company without an existing source of revenue to handle. We have the team, expertise, site, technology, and plan in place to make this project a smashing success, but need your help to make it a reality. The $30,000 we are trying to raise is needed to cover raw materials, supplies, and labor for the installation. As a reminder, for a project to receive funds from Kickstarter, at a minimum the target goal must be met.

Rewards

Check out the sweet rewards you can get for donating to our campaign! Backers will be kept in the loop with regular updates and rewards will be delivered as quickly as possible. Hopefully they quench your thirst for water related swag!

Check out our website, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram below!

 https://infiltronicsenvironmental.com 

 https://www.linkedin.com/company/infiltronics-environmental-llc/ 

 https://www.facebook.com/Infiltronics-Environmental-LLC-1541774572539231/ 

 https://www.instagram.com/infiltronicsenvironmental/ 

Risks and challenges

Although we have a set team, location, and plan for the project, things out of our control, such as weather, could impact our install timeline and thus the timeline for some of our rewards.

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Long-lasting design

The device is designed to be a long-term or permanent installation. A large part of this is the materials it is made out of. The aggregate we use is non-biodegradable and is sourced locally and the geotextile fabric is also non-biodegradable and resistant to most soil chemicals, acids, and alkali with a pH range of 3-12. It is commonly used in long-term construction and landscaping projects. Because the fabric will be buried, UV damage is not a concern. To avoid clogging sedimentation basins will be used when collecting concentrated stormwater runoff.

Sustainable materials

If for some reason the units are taken out of a site, the aggregate inside can easily be collected and reused, leaving a relatively small amount of waste from the project.

Something else

The goal for the project and the technology itself is to improve stormwater management by preventing erosion, preventing the transport of pollutants to streams. and increasing base flow to streams to create a healthy stream system and habitat for wildlife.

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