UMD researchers want to create a stormwater system that will remove and destroy toxins - Storm Water Jobs


UMD researchers want to create a stormwater system that will remove and destroy toxins

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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND -- University of Maryland environmental engineers were awarded a $1.4 million grant to design a sustainable stormwater treatment system that will help to remove and destroy soil contaminants. The three-year project is funded by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, which is the Defense Department's environmental science and technology program. The treatment system will be created using data from three Defense Department sites, but the engineers hope the system design will be used throughout the country. The three sites are military bases in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., and also the Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington. Birthe Kjellerup, an assistant professor in the civil and environmental engineering department, said the main goal of this project is to design a system to trap contaminants before the stormwater runoff leaves the Defense Department sites. The contaminants include PCBs — which are man-made industrial products or chemicals — and copper.

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