2012 EPA Research Progress Report
- Hydraulic Fracturing Study: Progress and Outreach
- Bristol Bay, Alaska: Assessing Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems
- Stemming the Tide of Invasive Marine Species
- A Tool for Urban Storm Water Management
- Tapping Green Infrastructure
- Gliding Beneath the Surface
- Real-time Beach Monitoring
- Sediment Removal to Improve Water Quality
- Partnering to Achieve "Net Zero" Waste
- Community-Based Chesapeake Bay Stormwater Management
Safe and Sustainable Water Resources
Across the United States, people are placing increased demands on the finite water resources that supply precious drinking water, support healthy aquatic ecosystems, and fill important societal and economic needs, including energy, agriculture and industrial production.
EPA’s Safe and Sustainable Water Resources research program provides the science and innovative technologies that the Agency—and the nation—need to maintain drinking water sources and systems, as well as to protect the chemical, physical and biological integrity of our waters.
EPA scientists and engineers, together with their research partners, are addressing 21st century challenges to water supplies and infrastructures by integrating research across social, environmental, and economic disciplines. Together they are working to provide lasting, sustainable solutions to those challenges.
This section highlights a few of the research results EPA researchers and their partners achieved in 2012 to support safe and sustainable water resources.
Hydraulic fracturing is a technique used to release natural gas and oil from underground reservoirs.
Bristol Bay Watershed in southwestern Alaska supports the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world, is home to 25 federally recognized tribal governments, and contains large mineral resources.
In 2012, EPA scientists finalized an Atlas of non-native marine and estuarine species for the North Pacific Ocean.
EPA researchers are developing tools and strategies to help city planners, managers, and others address storm water problems.
The environmentally-friendly techniques of green infrastructure present sustainable options for reducing urban water problems and health risks.
Low levels of dissolved oxygen in ocean environments have the potential to harm sea life and degrade the health of aquatic ecosystems.
To improve beach water monitoring, EPA scientists developed the Virtual Beach modeling software.
EPA scientists are researching the removal of legacy sediments as a cost-effective and sustainable means of reducing sediment and nutrient pollution in watersheds.
EPA supports a United States Army sustainability initiative—called Net Zero—to reduce energy, water and waste from Army facilities.
In September 2012, STAR announced a $700,000 award to the University of Maryland to work with local communities to improve urban stormwater management in the Chesapeake Bay area.
- For more information about the scope and impact of EPA water research, please visit: www.epa.gov/research/waterscience/.
- 2012 Water Research issue of EPA's Science Matters newsletter
- EPA's Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Strategic Research Action Plan, 2012-2016 (PDF) (39 pp, 1Mb)