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Water Purification Membranes Inspired by the Pitcher Plant

Jessica Schiffman, a chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is working on a project to design new water purification membranes that reduce fouling using a thin liquid coating inspired by the Pitcher Plant.

Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems

WINSSS is a national center that spans and links the continuum of technology development to technology acceptance for small water systems. Based at UMass and led by professors David Reckhow and John Tobiason.

Boutt identifies glacial tills as major groundwater storage reservoir

A recent study of natural groundwater storage reservoirs in New England by hydrologist David Boutt, Geosciences, found that upland aquifer systems dominated by thin deposits of surface till make up about 70 percent of the active and dynamic storage for the region.

Randhir proposes water resources conservation for rapidly urbanizing areas of eastern Massachusetts

A new study by Timothy Randhir and graduate student Ammara Talib, Environmental Conservation, suggests that threats to the watershed in the increasingly populated suburban areas northwest of Boston can be addressed if managers begin to act now.

Do you know about the WINSSS?

UMass is home to the Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems, a consortium of investigators from several universities across the nation, with the goals of developing technological solutions, stimulating research, and reducing barriers for small water systems.

Caitlyn Butler builds a green latrine which will protect ground water quality

Saving Water: Bentgrasses & Drought Tolerance Study

One of the key missions of the UMass Extension Turf Program is to promote natural resource protection through responsible turf management. Watch this video showing current UMass research with the primary focus of conserving and protecting one of our most precious natural resources: water.
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EDC/PPCP Benchmarking And Monitoring Strategies for Drinking Water Utilities

Endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) and pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) encompass hundreds of trace contaminants that have been detected in raw and treated drinking waters. This project aims to develop a watershed-level protocol for addressing EDC/PPCP monitoring needs, utilizing a combination of statistical tools, GIS and spatial analysis, and analytical sampling of indicator and surrogate compounds.