Universities Win Contract to Study Nutrient Removal from Urban Runoff

Dec. 4, 2014
The findings of this research will advance a comprehensive design strategy for a multi-unit storm water treatment system

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is launching its third project under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funded National Research Center for Resource Recovery and Nutrient Management by awarding the University of California-Berkeley and Stanford University with a contract to research extractive nutrient recovery technologies.

This project, "Enhanced Removal of Nutrients from Urban Runoff with Novel Unit-Process Capture, Treatment, and Recharge Systems (WERF project # STAR_N4R14)," assumes that compared to traditional approaches, implementation of process models to aid future design efforts for urban storm water runoff capture and treatment will significantly enhance nutrient removal at the watershed level. These models will also help meet community-defined priorities including flood risk mitigation, capture for groundwater recharge, and water quality improvement.

The findings of this research will advance a comprehensive design strategy for a multi-unit storm water treatment system. As a result, municipal, industrial and agricultural sectors will have a defined and structured protocol for decision making with respect to extractive nutrient recovery.

Source: Water Environment Research Foundation

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