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Watershed Engineering and Management

Watershed Engineering Management includes expertise in monitoring, managing, and modeling human impacts on the natural environment, including resources such as water, air, and land. There is a continuing global and national need for this area of expertise. In the United States, for example, no portion of the accessible Great Lakes shoreline is classified as being "good quality," and there are over 1200 Hazardous Waste sites on the National Priorities List. Moreover, there is growing concern over the impacts of pollutants on human health. Faculty members currently have expertise in the areas of water quality and quantity. Specifically, there are strengths related to groundwater and soil remediation, and environmental chemistry. In addition, we have strengths in pore scale understanding of fluid behavior, contaminant transport, and hydraulic modeling of river systems.  EEE faculty research in this area includes topics such as Watershed Planning and Management in the Great Lakes region, Agricultural Conservation techniques, and computing and monitoring systems for water quantity and quality data.

Examples of EEE Faculty Research in the Area of Watershed Engineering and Management Include:       

“Mobile Computing Technologies to Enable More Efficient Water Management Decisions in the Field,” National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, I. Chaubey, J. R. Frankenburger, D. Buckmaster, J. Krogmeier.

“French-American Symposium. Developing Partnerships for Sustainable Water,” National Science Foundation, R. H. Mohtar.

“Multi-objective Watershed Management Support System for Spatial Allocation of Agricultural Conservation Practices,” Cooperative State Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, B. A. Engel, J. R. Frankenburger, I. Chaubey, J. G. Lee.

“Watershed Planning and Management in the Great Lakes region (USEPA Region),” University of Wisconsin, U.S. Department of Agriculture, J. R. Frankenberger.

“The Great Lakes Tributary Modeling Program," U.S. Army Corps of Engineering, K. Cherkauer, B. Engel, I. Chaubey.

“U.S.-India Consortium on International Water Management,” Iowa State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, R. H. Mohtar.

“Development and Demonstration of Outcomes-Based Evaluation Framework for the Indiana Nonpoint Source Program,” Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Environmental Protection Agency, J. R. Frankenburger.

“The Great Lakes Tributary Modeling Program: Work Plan for Purdue University and Michigan State University,” U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of Interior, B. A. Engel.

“Using Great Lakes Regional Research Information Network to Better Understand Lake Michigan Nutrients,” Environmental Protection Agency Great Lake Restoration Initiative, K. Cherkauer, I. Chaubey, C. Troy.

“Water Quality Exchange Data (WQX) Program,” Environmental Protection Agency, B. A. Engel.

“USDA Science Advisor-Water Quality Initiatives,” National Resources Conservation Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, J. R. Frankenburger.

“Adaptive management to increase adoption rates of emerging nutrient management and load reduction practices,” National Resources Conservation Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, J. R. Frankenburger.