Tom Franti

Tom Franti, Ph.D., P.E.

Thomas Franti
Contact Information:
242 L. W. Chase Hall
Lincoln: East Campus
(402) 472-9872
tfranti@unl.edu
Email   

Associate Professor of Biological Systems Engineering, Surface Water Management Engineer
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Agricultural Engineering, Purdue University - West Lafayette, Indiana
  • M.S., Agricultural Engineering, Iowa State University - Ames
  • B.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Registered Professional Engineer, Wisconsin
Appointment
  • 25% Research
  • 75% Extension
Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Surface Water Quality
  • Urban Stormwater BMPs
  • Ecological Engineering
Teaching Interests
  • Ecological Engineering
  • River Restoration Engineering
Extension Education Focus
  • BMPs for Surface Water Quality
  • Rain Gardens, Bioretention
  • Extension Education
  • Recent Extension Publications

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of 2015 ASABE Blue Ribbon Award - Education Aids Competition, Short Publications
  • Recipient of 2013 Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals Gold Award and Association of Natural Resources Extension Professional Outstanding Team Award
  • Recipient of 2013 Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association Award of Excellence: Creative Programming
  • Recipient of 2008 ASABE Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Award – Innovative Extension Methods or Impact Assessment Category – Report on Impact Assessment of the Extension Program "Promoting Conservation Buffers in the Blue River Basin," 1996-2006.
  • Recipient of two ASAE Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Awards - Factsheet Category – Fox, Franti, Josiah & Kucera. Planning Your Riparian Buffer: Design and Plant Selection. G05-1557 and Fox, Franti, Josiah & Kucera. Installing Your Riparian Buffer: Planting Trees and Grass, Post-Planting Care and Maintenance. G05-1558. 2005
  • Recipient of an ASAE Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Award - Circulars Category - Guide to Buffers in the Blue River Basin. Extension Circular, EC-02-725, Nebraska Cooperative Extension. 2003
  • Recipient of a Silver Award (Long Publication Category) from Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) for: Guide to Buffers in the Blue River Basin. EC-02-725. 2003
  • Selected by Transactions of the ASAE for special recognition for contributions as a technical reviewer for the Soil and Water Division, 2001.
  • Recipient of 1999 ASAE Nolan Mitchell Young Extension Worker Award.
  • Recipient of 1998 Recognition of Junior Faculty for Excellence in Research Award, presented by the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Agricultural Research Division, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Recipient of two national 1998 ASAE Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Awards for a factsheet and a newsletter.
  • Selected to Outstanding Young Men of America, 31st Edition. Outstanding Young Americans, McLean, Virginia, 1998.
  • Co-recipient of 1997 Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Initiative Team Award for team project entitled: Enhancing Surface Water Quality in the Big and Little Blue River Basins (Team co-leader).
  • Recipient of two national 1997 ASAE Superior Paper Awards.
  • Recipient of three national 1997 ASAE Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Awards

Selected Publications

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Shelton, D.P., S.N. Rodie, K.A. Feehan, T.G. Franti, K.A. Pekarek, and B.A. Holm. 2015.  Integrating Extension, Teaching, and Research for Stormwater Management Education. Jour. of Contemporary Water Research & Education, No. 156, Pages 68-77.

Holm, B.A., K.A. Feehan, D.P. Shelton, S.N. Rodie, T.G. Franti. 2014. Stormwater Management: How to Make a Rain Barrel. University of Nebraska Extension Circular EC2001. 8 p.

Al-wadaey, A., C.S. Wortmann, T.G. Franti, C.A. Shapiro and D.E. Eisenhauer. 2012. Effectiveness of grass filters in reducing phosphorus and sediment runoff. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, Vol. 223(9):5865-5875.

Holm, B.A., K.E. Holm, D.P. Shelton, S.N. Rodie, K.A. Feehan, T.G. Franti. 2014. Stormwater Management: What Stormwater Is and Why It Is Important. University of Nebraska Extension NebGuide G2238. 4 p.

Feehan, K.A., K.A. Pekarek, D.P. Shelton, S.N. Rodie, T.G. Franti. 2014. Stormwater Management: Rainwater Harvesting with Rain Barrels. University of Nebraska Extension NebGuide G2220. 4 p.

Franti, T., Rodie, S.  2013. Rain Garden Design: Site Selection and Sizing Guide. EC 1262.  University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

Feehan, K., Pekarek, K., Shelton, D., Rodie, S., Franti, T. 2013. Stormwater Management: Rainwater Harvesting with Rain Barrels. G2220. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

Shelton, D., Rodie, S., Feehan, K., Franti, T., Pekarek, K. 2013. Stormwater Management: Disconnecting Downspouts and Impervious Surfaces. G2186. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

Feehan, K., Pekarek, K., Holm, B., Shelton, D., Rodie, S., Franti, T.  2012.  Stormwater Management: Rainwater Harvesting in Residential Scale Landscapes.  G2148.  University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

Alms, W.C., T.G. Franti, and D.P. Shelton. 2011. Improved Soil Mixing and Delivery System for a Storm Runoff Simulator. Applied Eng. in Agri., Vol. 27(4):579-586.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

C.S. Wortmann, R.A. Drijber, and T.G. Franti. 2010. One-time Tillage of No-till Crop Land Five Years Post-Tillage. Agronomy Journal,102(4):1302-1307.

Franti, T.G., M.L. Bernards, P.C. Hay, and R.W. Pryor. 2009. Protecting Surface Water Quality: Adoption of Agricultural Best Management Practices in the Lower Big Blue River Basin. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. EC 730.

Shelton, D.P., R.A. Wilke, T.G. Franti, and S.J. Josiah. 2009. Farmlink: Promoting Conservation Buffers Farmer-to-Farmer. Agroforestry Systems, 75(1):83-89.

Mendoza, R.B., T.G. Franti, J.W. Doran, T. Powers, and C.W. Zanner. 2008. Tillage Effects on Soil Quality Indicators and Nematode Abundance in Loessial Soil Under Long-term No-till Production. Communication in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 39:2169-2190.

Sutko, N.J., T.G. Franti, and D.P. Shelton. 2008. Development of a Storm Runoff Simulator: Part 3—Sediment Mixing Device. Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 24(6):753- 761.

Hay, C.H., T.G. Franti, D.B. Marx, E.J. Peters, and L.W. Hesse. 2008. Macroinvertebrate Drift Density in Relation to Abiotic Factors in the Missouri River. Hydrobiologia,  598:175-189.

Hay, C.H., T.G. Franti, D.B. Marx, E.J. Peters, and L.W. Hesse. 2008. Relationships Between Larval Fish Drift and Abiotic Factors in the Missouri River. Journal of Freshwater Ecology, 23(4):589-597.

Franti, T.G., D.P. Shelton, and J.D. Cermak. 2007. Development of a Storm Runoff Simulator: Part 1 - Design Considerations. Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 23(5): 603-611.

Franti, T.G., D.P. Shelton, and J.D. Cermak. 2007. Development of a Storm Runoff Simulator: Part 2 - Water Output Control Device. Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 23(5): 613-620.

Flanagan, D.C., J.E. Gilley, T.G. Franti. 2007. Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) - Development History, Model Capabilities and Future Enhancements. Transactions of the ASABE, 50(5):1603-1612.

Reinsch, C.T., D.M. Admiraal, B.I. Dvorak, C.A. Cecrle, T.G. Franti, and J.S. Stansbury. 2007. Yard Waste Compost as a Storm Water Protection Treatment for Construction Sites. Water Environment Research, 79(8): 868-876.

Helmers, M. J., D. E. Eisenhauer, T. G. Franti, and M.G. Dosskey. 2005. Modeling sediment trapping in a vegetative filter accounting for converging overland flow. Transactions of ASAE, 48(2):541-555.

SYMPOSIUM OR WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS

Franti, T.G. and D.P. Shelton. 2006. A Storm Runoff Simulator to Evaluate Grass Filter Strips and Other Storm Water Management Systems. In: Graham, R. (ed.). Examining the Confluence of Environmental and Water Concerns, Proceedings of the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2006; Sponsored by the Envir. & Water Res. Inst., ASCE, May 21-25, 2006, Omaha, NE. CD-ROM Paper No. 14277.

Dosskey, M.G., M.J. Helmers, D.E. Eisenhauer, T.G. Franti, and K.D. Hoagland. 2003. Hydrologic Routing of Farm Runoff and Implications for Riparian Buffers. In Kolpin, Dana and John D. Williams (Editors). Agricultural Hydrology and Water Quality. AWRA's 2003 Spring Specialty Conference Proceedings, American Water Resources Association, Middleburg, Virginia, TPS-03-1, CD-ROM. Kansas City, MO. May 12-14.

Franti, T.G., D.E. Eisenhauer, M.C. McCullough, L.M. Stahr, M.G. Dosskey, D.D. Snow, R.F. Spalding, and A.L. Boldt. 2004. Watershed Scale Impacts of Buffers and Upland Conservation Practices on Agrochemical Delivery to Streams. In Proceedings of the Self-Sustaining Solutions for Streams, Wetlands, and Watersheds Conference, St. Paul, MN. Sept. 12-15. pp. X.

Franti, T.G., D.L. Devlin, C.W. Rice, and F.W. Roeth. 2000. Improving Water Quality in the Big Blue River Basin, Nebraska and Kansas: An Extension and Research Case Study. Proceedings of the International Conservation Tillage Symposium, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. January 24-26 (In press).

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY PAPERS

Franti, T.G., D.P. Shelton, and W.C. Alms. 2010. Soil Mixing and Delivery System for a Storm Runoff Simulator. Presented at the 2010 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA. June 20-23, 2010.

Alms, W.C., T.G. Franti, and D.P. Shelton. 2009. Native Soil Mixing System for a Runoff Simulator. Presented at the 2009 Mid-Central ASABE Meeting, Ames, IA. April 4-5, 2009.

Hay, C.H., T.G. Franti, D.B. Marx, and L.W. Hesse. 2006. Drift of fish Larvae in relation to abiotic factors in the Missouri River. Proceedings of the 8th Biennial River Management Society Symposium/10th Annual Missouri River Natural Resources Conference, The Marina Inn, South Sioux City, NE. May 9-12, 2006.

Franti, T.G., J.D. Cermak, and D.P. Shelton. 2005. Development of a Runoff Hydrograph Simulator. Presented at the 2005 ASAE International Meeting, Tampa, Florida, July 17-20, 2005. ASAE Paper No. 052050.

Shelton, D.P., R.A. Wilke, T.G. Franti, and S.J. Josiah.2005. "FarmLink" – Promoting Conservation One-to-One. Presented at the 2005 Mid-Central ASAE Conference, St. Joseph, MO, April 1-2, 2005. ASAE Paper No. MC05-105.

Helmers, M.J., D.E. Eisenhauer, T.G. Franti, and M.G. Dosskey. 2003. Two-Dimensional Overland Flow and Sediment Trapping in a Vegetative Filter. Presented at the 2003 Mid-Central ASAE Conference, St. Joseph, MO, April 4-5, 2003. ASAE Paper No. MC03-304.

Helmers, M.J., D.E. Eisenhauer, T.G. Franti, and M.G. Dosskey. 2003. Modeling of Sediment Trapping in a Vegetative Filter Accounting for Two-Dimensional Overland Flow. Presented at the 2003 ASAE International Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, July 27-30, 2003. ASAE Paper No. 032309.

Helmers, M.J., D.E. Eisenhauer, T.G. Franti, and M.G. Dosskey. 2002. Modeling of Two-Dimensional Overland Flow in a Vegetative Filter. Presented at the 2002 ASAE International Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, July 28-31, 2002. ASAE Paper No. 022165.

D.E. Eisenhauer, M.J. Helmers, J.M. Brothers, M.G. Dosskey, T.G. Franti, A. Boldt, and B. Strahm. 2002. An Overland Flow Sampler for Use in Vegetative Filters. Presented at the 2002 ASAE International Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, July 28-31, 2002. ASAE Paper No. 022050.

Brothers, J.M., D.E. Eisenhauer, M.J. Helmers, M.G. Dosskey, and T.G. Franti. 2001. Modeling Vegetative Buffer Performance Considering Topographic Data Accuracy. Presented at the 2001 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Sacramento, CA, July 30-August 1. ASAE Paper No. 01-2070.

Helmers, M.J., D.E. Eisenhauer, J.M. Brothers, M.G. Dosskey, and T.G. Franti. 2001. Direction and Concentration of Surface Water in a Vegetative Filter System. Presented at the 2001 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Sacramento, CA, July 30-August 1. ASAE Paper No. 01-2070.

Dosskey, M.G., D.E. Eisenhauer, M. Helmers, T.G. Franti, T. Houston, and K.D. Hoagland. 2000. Field Assessment of Concentrated Flow Patterns of Surface Runoff Through Riparian Buffers. Abstract and poster presented at the ASA Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 5-9.

Franti, T.G., D.L. Devlin, F.W. Roeth, and C.W. Rice. 2000. The Blue River Basin Project: Partnerships in Watershed Extension Programming. Presented at the 2000 ASAE Annual International Meeting, Milwaukee, WI., July 9-12. ASAE Paper No. 00-7019.

BOOKS

Franti, T. 2009. Erosion and transport of suspended solids, pp. 153-166.  In: Soil, Water and Nutrient Management Drainage, Irrigation and the Environment.  Ed: M. Paasonen-Kivekas, R. Peltomaa, P. Vakkilainen, and H. Aijo, Gummerus Kirjapaino Oy, Jyvaskyla 2009, Finland, 2009.  ISBN 978-952-5345-22-3, 452 pp.

Franti, T.G. and K.D. Hoagland. 2003. Eutrophication. Encyclopedia of Water Science, Marcel Dekker Inc., New York, New York. pp. 232-234.

NebGuides

T. Franti, and S. Rodie. 2007. Stormwater Management: Installing Rain Gardens in Your Yard. G1760. Nebraska Extension.

S. Rodie, T. Franti, and R. Sutton. 2007. Stormwater Management: Plant Selection for Rain Gardens in Nebraska. G1759. Nebraska Extension.

T. Franti and S. Rodie. 2007. Stormwater Management: Rain Garden Design for Homeowners. G1758. Nebraska Extension.

T. Franti and B. Dvorak. 2006. Demonstration of Yard Waste Compost to Control Soil Erosion from Steep Slopes on Construction Sites. G1625. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

T. Franti and B. Dvorak. 2006. Using Yard Waste Compost to Control Soil Erosion from Steep Slopes on Construction Sites. G1624. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

Franti, T.G. 2006. Bioengineering for Hillslope, Streambank and Lakeshore Erosion Control. G1307 (Revised). University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

Franti, T.G. and S.R. Tonn. 2005. Understanding Watersheds. NF05-631. Nebraska Cooperative Extension.

Franti, T.G. and S.R. Tonn. 2005. Protecting Your Watershed. NF05-632. Nebraska Cooperative Extension.

Fox, A., T. Franti, S. Josiah, and M. Kucera. 2005. Planning Your Riparian Buffer: Design and Plant Selection. G05-1557. Nebraska Cooperative Extension.

Fox, A., T. Franti, S. Josiah, and M. Kucera. 2005. Installing Your Riparian Buffer: Planting Trees and Grass, Post-Planting Care and Maintenance. G05-1558. Nebraska Cooperative Extension.

EXTENSION BULLETINS/CIRCULARS

Franti, T.G., M.L. Bernards, P.C. Hay, and R.W. Pryor. 2009. Protecting Surface Water Quality: Adoption of Agricultural Best Management Practices in the Lower Big Blue River Basin. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. EC 730.

Wortmann, C.S., M. Helmers, B. Gelder, L. Wright Morton, D. Devlin, C. Barden, S. Anderson, R. Broz, T. Franti, T. Regassa, P. Shea, M. Tomer, L. Frees, and D. Griffith, 2008. Targeting of Watershed Management Practices for Water Quality Protection. University of Nebraska RP195.

Devlin, D., C. Barden, P. Barnes, R. Smeda, R. Lerch, M. Bernards, T. Franti, M. Milner, T. Regassa, P. Shea, C. Wortmann, H. Duncan, and T. Phillips. 2008. Pesticide management for water quality protection in the Midwest. Publication of the Heartland Regional Water Coordination Initiative and the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. pp 20.

M. McCullough, S. Josiah and T. Franti 2002. Guide to Buffers in the Blue River Basin. EC-02-725, Nebraska Cooperative Extension.

NebFacts

Franti, T.G. and S.R. Tonn. 2004. Understanding Watersheds. NF05-631. Nebraska Cooperative Extension.

Franti, T.G. and S.R. Tonn. 2004. Protecting Your Watershed. NF05-632. Nebraska Cooperative Extension.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS & VIDEOS

Franti, T.G. and S. Josiah. 2004. Streamside Conservation: Installing and Maintaining Your Riparian Buffer. (Videotape/DVD) UNL Cooperative Extension. 45 minutes.