Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI)
University of the District of Columbia to Host April 2014 Water Symposium
The National Capital Region Water Resources Symposium will be hosted at the University of the District of Columbia's Van Ness campus on Friday, April 4, 2014. The National Capital Region (NCR), encompassing the District of Columbia, and parts of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, has unique and challenging opportunities for sustainable management of water resources and water infrastructures. The region is the gateway to the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the U.S; provides water for six million people; but also hosts many agencies which consider water resources at a national or international scale. This one-day symposium at the University of the District of Columbia will bring together experts from governmental agencies, academia, the private sector, and non-profits to present and discuss challenges and opportunities for sustainable management of water resources and infrastructure in the region, as well as nationally, and internationally. For more information, click here.
The DCWRRI Seed Grant Program is requesting proposals for research, training and information transfer related to critical areas of DC surface water, groundwater, and drinking water quantity and quality. Eligible proposals must have a Principal Investigator who is a faculty member affiliated with any DC-area university, including any of the schools within the DC University Consortium, including American, Catholic, George Washington, Georgetown, Howard, and UDC. Principal Investigators from any other universities should contact DCWRRI regarding eligibility. Proposals must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word to email@example.com no later than 5:00 pm December 2, 2013. Click here for more information.
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The mission of Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) is to provide the District of Columbia with interdisciplinary research support to identify DC water resources problems and contribute to their solution. In addition to coordinating and facilitating water resources-related research projects through seed grants provided to faculty members from the consortium of universities in the District, the Institute provides training and disseminates research findings that address water issues in the DC area and beyond. The Institute supports collaborative research that engages not only faculty members and students, but also a broad array of stakeholders to address regional water issues in a holistic way. Areas of focus include drinking water source protection, stormwater management and planning, water safety, and watershed stewardship. WRRI offers the following programs and services.
National Capital Region Watershed Stewards Academy is an innovative educational program designed to train and empower citizen-activists with an interest in watershed protection. Developed in partnership with the Anacostia Watershed Society, the 14-week course blends lectures by regional water experts with practical, field-based experiences working on low-impact development and green infrastructure installation.
Stormwater Management & Planning provides research-based solutions to address both flooding damage and water pollution due to combined sewer overflows. This program develops tools and provides training to assist regulators in assessing the effectiveness of best management practices to address flood damage, minimize storm water runoff, reduce soil erosion, maintain groundwater recharge, and minimize surface water and groundwater contamination from combined sewer overflows.
Water Quality Education programs promote awareness of ground, surface, and drinking water resources in the District of Columbia. Utilizing the EPA-Certified Environmental Quality Testing Lab at the Van Ness Campus, water quality program educators monitor various water sources in the District using random sampling and testing processes. Research findings are distributed to residents through publications, workshops, and special events. CAUSES is currently developing training and certification courses for Water Quality Lab Technicians and Waste Water Operators based on EPA standards.
Water Safety Training programs provide training to the general public in assessing and preventing both chemical and biological/pathogen contamination of bodies of water, including drinking water, swimming pools, retaining pools and tanks, rivers and streams, ponds and lakes, marshes and the ocean.