NEWS & EVENTS

  • University Consortium 2017 Fall Focus Meeting on Contaminants at Groundwater - Surface Water Interfaces (Sediments) will be held October 31 November 1, 2017 at CSU
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  • NEW PAPER: "Watershed-Scale Impacts from Surface Water Disposal of Oil and Gas Wastewater in Western Pennsylvania"
    Environ. Sci. Technol. 2017, 51, 8851-8860
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  • New article in The Conversation on degradation of PFAS: "An Electric Fix for Removing Long-Lasting Chemicals in Groundwater"
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  • NEW PAPER: "Downhole Transformation of the Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Biocide Glutaraldehyde: Implications for Flowback and Produced Water Quality"
    Environ. Sci. Technol. 2016, 50, 1141411423
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  • MOLLY IN THE NEWS: Not enough known about hydraulic fracturing impact on agriculture
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The Challenge.
In the modern world, contaminants in sediments, soils, and groundwater have become a chronic global environmental and economic challenge. Well-educated professionals and novel solutions are needed to responsibly resolve the impacts of past, current, and future practices. Primary activities driving subsurface environmental concerns include energy, agriculture, manufacturing, defense, and pharmaceuticals. Furthermore, growing global use of groundwater for water supply, driven by population growth and climate change, is making responsible resolution of subsurface environmental issues all the more urgent.

Our Mission.
Our mission is twofold. First, to provide the next generation of scientist and engineers with the fundamental intellectual skills needed to address current and future subsurface environmental challenges. Secondly, to work with our sponsors and colleagues to advance solutions that are more effective, lower cost, and more sustainable, than current options.

Our Approach.
Educationally, our approach centers on first-principles interdisciplinary education, hands on experience, collaboration with leaders in our field, and promotion of well-rounded professional skills including communications.

Pillars of our research activities include: