Technology Collaboration and Transfer
We host meetings and workshops, and invite EPA, state, and local organizations to voice their needs for water technology R&D. The latest example is the Water Challenges Workshop (PDF) (37 pp, 200 KB) held in May 2011.
We communicate the most pressing research challenges from EPA’s Office of Water and EPA’s regional offices, as conveyed to EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) in 2011. The following excerpt is from the Framework for an EPA Safe and Sustainable Water Research Program (PDF) (153 pp, 10 MB), December 2011, pp 15–16.
Six programmatic challenges were identified by EPA's Office of Water and EPA Regions:
- Develop cost-effective nutrient pollutant reduction strategies that protect aquatic ecosystems from nutrient pollution and enable recovery/restoration of impacted waters.
- Develop and conduct efficient and effective management and regulation of both known and emerging chemicals of concern (e.g., pharmaceutical and personal care products, or PPCP).
- Fully implement regulatory strategies to protect human health from new and emerging pathogens.
- Provide states, local government, and municipalities with the tools, technology, and approaches for sustainable water infrastructure that ensures public health protection.
- Develop systems approaches to protect watersheds to better maintain, protect, and restore water resources, including groundwater, to ensure they are sustainable now and in the future.
- Understand and address the impacts of climate change on water management programs. It is necessary to understand how to modify tools and approaches to set water quality criteria and standards.
EPA's regional offices expressed further needs, such as developing water quality criteria, cost-effective tools and technologies, and cumulative risk.