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Research Priorities and Evaluation Criteria

Recommended by the DCWRRI Stakeholder Advisory Board, the DCWRRI Research Priorities are as follows:

  • Research on the design and implementation of best management practices or green infrastructure to restore or clean DC waterways.
  • Research to support the objectives of toxin monitoring and prevention and DC river restoration.
  • Research to support the Potomac drinking water source protection partnership, including collaborative planning between upstream agricultural communities and downstream urban communities.
  • Research to address the feasibility of the application of new technologies to meet regulatory requirements for stormwater management, particularly with respect to effluent quality, nutrient management, and pesticide safety.
  • Research on clean cities and sustainable urban infrastructure that addresses the interrelation of water and energy, natural resource economics, minimize water use or improve water quality.
  • Research on the prevention of contamination of water supplies, particularly by emerging contaminants of concern, e.g., Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), cryptosporidium, cyanotoxins, hormones, pesticides, plasticizers, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), surfactants, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products.
  • Research on restoration science, focusing on monitoring and prediction of the benefits of ecosystem services over baseline conditions, particularly with respect to tidal areas.

Research Projects

Current WRRI-Sponsored Research Projects




Performance evaluation of Green infrastructure for stormwater quality treatment Tolessa Deksissa (PI), Sania Rose (Co-PI), Sebhat Tefera (Co-PI) University of the District of Columbia
Next Generation Modeling Techniques for Determining N & P from Point & Non-Point Sources and for Predicting & Controlling Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Pradeep K Behera (PI); Hossain M Azam (Co-PI) University of the District of Columbia
Removal of Estrogens and Antibiotics by Innovative Treatment Technologies and Determination of Their Effects on Planarians Hossain Azam (PI) and Rosie Sneed (Co-PI) University of the District of Columbia
Exploring anomalously high calcium in suburban MD streams in the absence of bedrock carbonate and geochemical indicators of concrete dissolution. Stephen E MacAvoy, Ph.D. (PI), Scott Glaberman, Ph.D. Co-PI) American University and George Mason University
A metabolomic Investigation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Neurotoxicity in Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Alexandra Taraboletti (PI), and Victoria DiBona (co-PI) University of the District of Columbia
Real-Time Low Flow Forecast System Using Multiple Machine Learning Methods Nian Ashlee Zhang (PI) University of the District of Columbia

2017-2018 Awarded Research Projects
2016-2017 Awarded Research Projects
2015-2016 Awarded Research Projects
2014-2015 Awarded Research Projects
2013-2014 Awarded Research Projects
2012-2013 Awarded Research Projects
2011-2012 Awarded Research Projects