Water Quality Management Branch
The Water Quality Management Branch (WQMB) is part of the Water Supply and Water Resources Division of the Office of Research and Development's National Risk Management Research Laboratory's (NRMRL). WQMB addresses areas of investigation that align with NRMRL's mission and the overarching strategic plan of the Office of Research and Development. Our interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and technicians provide technical support to EPA's Office of Water, EPA regional offices, state governments, communities, and homeowners. Staff members also engage in collaborative research with water utilities, consultants, and academic institutions.
WQMB resource managers face ever increasing challenges, such as climate change, land use alteration and population growth. WQMB research involves the entire water cycle as it affects water resources. Our researchers conduct experiments on managing water quality in a wide variety of environments including drinking water, ground and surface water, wastewater, and reused/recycled water. Our research involves monitoring and assessing the factors that impact water quality in these settings, and provides results for improving our ability to meet water quality criteria for specific end uses of the water.
Key research areas:
- Aging Water Infrastructure
- Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
- Filtration and Contaminant Removal
- Treatment Technologies
- Distribution Systems/Small Systems
- Small Systems
- Watershed Management
WQMB researchers provide results for stakeholders, such as utilities and state primacy agencies, in order to better inform decision makers on water management issues. We strive to develop planning tools that will incorporate new and innovative ideas for sustaining the nation's water resources. To conduct our research we utilize several highly specialized water research facilities located in the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area: the Andrew W. Breidenbach Environmental Research Center; the Test and Evaluation Facility; and the Experimental Stream Facility.
Research Area (s)
Principal Investigator (s)
|Technical Support for Watershed/Distribution System Research: On-Line Toxicity Monitor Research for Source Water and Distribution System Water Quality Early Warning Systems||Source Water Protection||Joel Allen|
|Environmental Fate and Transport of Inorganic Nanomaterials||Source Water Protection||Christopher Impellitteri|
|Cost & Performance of Innovative Water Filtration Technologies Integrated to Remote Telemetry Systems in High-Turbidity Public Surface Water Systems in Tropical Environments||Treatment Technologies||Christopher Impellitteri & Rajib Sinha|
|Drinking Water Distribution System Simulator Research Center - Biofilm Test Loop Research Projects||Distribution Systems||Christopher Impellitteri|
|Wastewater Treatment and Reuse Treatment Technology Evaluation and Development||Aging Drinking Water Infrastructure||Eric Kleiner|
|Advanced Decentralized Water/Energy Network Design for Sustainable Infrastructure||Aging Wastewater Infrastructure
|Effects of multiple stressors on stream ecology at the mesocosm and field scales||Watershed Management||Christopher Nietch & Donald Brown|
|Development of watershed monitoring systems to better quantify best management practices and assess risk for drinking water source protection||Watershed Management||Christopher Nietch & Donald Brown|
|Alternative Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies for Small Communities||Treatment Technologies||Craig Patterson|
|Metals Removal from Household Well Water in Mine Waste Areas||Treatment Technologies||Craig Patterson|
|Adding Low Impact Development Modeling into EPA's Storm Water Management Model||Watershed Management||Lewis Rossman|
|Updating the EPANET Water Distribution System Simulation Model||Distribution System Water Quality||Lewis Rossman|
|Evaluation of Drinking Water Treatment Technologies for Removal of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs)||Treatment Technologies||Kathleen Schenck (Nicholas Dugan & Heath Mash - TTEB)|
|Multi-Scale Infrastructure Assessment||Aging Wastewater Infrastructure||Y. Jeffery Yang|
|Pipe Leak Detection Technology Development||Aging Wastewater Infrastructure||Y. Jeffery Yang|
|Water Reuse and Soil Column Studies for Alternative Water Resource Development||Aging Wastewater Infrastructure||Y. Jeffery Yang|
- Mash, H., Schenck, K.M., and Rosenblum, L. (2010). "Hypochlorite Oxidation of Select Androgenic Steroids." Water Research. Elsevier Science Ltd, New York, NY, 44(6):1950-1960.
- Clark, R.M., Y.J. Yang, C.A. Impellitteri, R.C. Haught, D. Schupp, S. Panguluri, E.R. Krishnan. (2010). "Chlorine Propagation in Distribution Systems: Experimental and Modeling Studies." (2010). Journal of the American Water Works Association, 102(5): 144-155.
- Yang, Y. J. (2010). "Redefine Water Infrastructure Adaptation to a Nonstationary Climate (Editorial)." Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Reston, VA, 136(3):297-298.
- Kibbey, T. C., L. Chen, D. A. Sabatini, M. A. Mills, and C. Nietch. (2010). "Model Stream Channel Testing of a UV-transparent Polymer-based Passive Sampler for uUltra-low-cost Water Screening Applications." Chemosphere. Elsevier Science Ltd, New York, NY, 80(8):908-913.
- Chang, N., Y. J. Yang, J. A. Goodrich, and A. Daranpob. (2010). "Development of the Metropolitan Water Availability Index (MWAI) and Short-term Assessment with Multi-scale Remote Sensing Technologies." Journal of Environmental Management. Elsevier Science Ltd, New York, NY, 91(6):1397-1413.
- Jasper, A., H. H. Salih, G. A. Sorial, R. Sinha, R. Krishnan, and C. L. Patterson. (2010). "Impact of Nanoparticles and Natural Organic Matter on the Removal of Organic Pollutants by Activated Carbon Adsorption." Environmental Engineering Science. Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Larchmont, NY, 27(1):85-93.
- Scheckel, K.G., T.P. Luxton, A.M. El Badawy, C.A. Impellitteri, T.M. Tolaymat. (2010). "Synchrotron Speciation of Silver and Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles Aged in a Kaolin Suspension." Environmental Science and Technology. 44(4):1307-1312.
- Allen, H. J., , D. Macke, D. Roose, J. M. Lazorchak, H. Poynton, L. Heckman, S. Govindaswamy, and M. Nadagouda. (2010). "Effects from Filtration, Capping Agents, and Presence/Absence of Food on the Toxicity of Silver Nanoparticles to Daphnia Magna." Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Pensacola, FL, 29(12):2742-2750.
- Subramanian, B., V. Namboodiri, A. P. Khodadoust, and D. D. Dionysiou. (2010). Extraction of Pentachlorophenol from Soils using Environmentally Benign Lactic Acid Solutions. Journal of Hazardous Materials. Elsevier Science Ltd, New York, NY, 174(1-3):263-269.
- Chang, N., Y. J. Yang, and A. Daranpob. (2010). "Middle-term Metropolitan Water Availability Index Assessment Based on Synergistic Potentials of Multi-sensor Data." Journal of Applied Remote Sensing. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, Inc. (SPIE), Bellingham, WA, 4(1):043519. DOI:10.1117/1.3386582.
- Muhammad, N., R. Sinha, R. Krishnan, C. L. Patterson, R. Haught, H. H. Harms, and R. Seville. (2010). "Evaluating a Composite Cartridge for Small System Drinking Water Treatment." Journal of Water and Health. IWA Publishing, London, UK, 8(2):212-223.
- Ying, L., R. Ehrhard, P. Biswas, P. Kulkarni, C. L. Patterson, R. Krishnan, R. Sinha, and C. Skouby. (2009). "Removal of Waterborne Particles by Electrofiltration: Pilot-Scale Testing." Environmental Engineering Science. Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Larchmont, NY, 26(12):1795-1803.
- Yang, Y. J., R. M. Clark, and A. D. Levine. (2010). "Chlorine and Solute Transport and Reactions in Drinking Water Distribution: The Role of Flow Hydrodynamics on Water Quality Changes and Multi-Criteria Compliance." Chapter 9 in Risk Management; Safety and Risk in Society Series. Edited by , B. Jordao and E. Sousa. Nova Science Publishers, Inc, Hauppauge, NY, ISBN: 9781608760114.
- US EPA. Blumenstein, M., B. Bartley, and J. Q. Adams. (2010). "Removal of Uranium in Drinking Water: Brimac Environmental Services, Inc. Brimac HA 216 Adsorptive Media." (PDF) (68 pp, 986 Kb) Publication No. EPA/600/R-10/099.
- US EPA. Blumenstein, M., B. Bartley, and J. Q. Adams. (2010). "Removal of Inorganic, Microbial, and Particulate Contaminants from a Fresh Surface Water: Village Marine Tec. Expeditionary Unit Water Purifier, Generation 1." (PDF) (146 pp, 3.8 Mb) Publication No. EPA/600/R-09/124.
- US EPA. Blumenstein, M., B. Bartley, and J. Q. Adams. (2010). "Removal of Dissolved Salts and Particulate Contaminants from Seawater: Village Marine Tec., Expeditionary Unit Water Purifier, Generation 1." Publication No. EPA/600/R-10/013.
- US EPA. Blumenstein, M., B. Bartley and J. Q. Adams. (2010). "Removal of Microbial Contaminants in Drinking Water: Siemens Corporation Memcor® S10V Ultrafiltration Module." (PDF) (42 pp, 1.1 Mb)Publication No. EPA/600/R-09/110.
- US EPA. Blumenstein, M., B. Bartley and J. Q. Adams. (2010). "Removal of Microbial Contaminants in Drinking Water: Siemens Corporation Memcor® L10V Ultrafiltration Module." (PDF) (48 pp, 1 Mb)Publication No. EPA/600/R-09/109.
- US EPA. Blumenstein, M., B. Bartley and J. Q. Adams. (2010). "Removal of Microbial Contaminants in Drinking Water: Siemens Corporation Memcor® L20V Ultrafiltration Module." (PDF) (41 pp, 1 Mb)Publication No. EPA/600/R-09/108.
- US EPA. Blumenstein, M., B. Bartley and J. Q. Adams. (2010). "Removal of Microbial Contaminants in Drinking Water: Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. Targa® 10-48-35-PMC™ Ultrafiltration Membrane, as Used in the Village Marine Tec. Expeditionary Unit Water Purifier." (PDF) (48 pp, 1 Mb) Publication No. EPA/600/R-09/075.
- US EPA. (2010). "Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) version 5.0.020 with LID Controls." SWMM was first developed in 1971; the current edition, Version 5, is a complete re-write of the previous release and was completed in August 2010.
- US EPA. Yang, Y.J., J. Hall, R.C. Haught and J.A. Goodrich. (2011). "Adaptive Real-Time Contaminant Detection and Early Warning for Drinking Water Distribution Systems." United States Patent No.: US 7,866,204 B2. Awarded - January 11, 2011.
- US EPA. Haught, R.C., et al. (2010). "Process and Apparatus for Removal of Biocolloids from Water." United States Patent No. US 7,811,460 B2. Awarded - October 12, 2010.
- US EPA. Vane, L., R. Ponangi and V. Namboodiri. (2009). "Hydrophilic Cross-Linked Polymeric Membranes and Sorbents." United States Patent No.: US 7,622,045 B2. Awarded - Nov. 24, 2009.
- Patterson, C. L. and Bromley, E. (2009). "Radial Flow Fluidized Filter Finds Niche as a Pretreatment System for Surface Water in Small Communities." IN: EWRI Currents, Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of ASCE, Reston, VA, 11 (1): NA, Winter 2009.
- US EPA. "Streams of Science" - EPA scientists use a unique Experimental Stream Facility to explore the health of stream ecosystems and watersheds. IN: Science Matters Newsletter, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Volume 1| Number 3 (August/September 2010).
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