Tag Archives: water

Applying aquatic chemistry to solve our water quality problems

Posted on 02. May, 2013 by .

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Guest columnist Christina Remucal is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering. She joined the college in August 2012. Water is one of life’s necessities. Growing up in the high desert of northern New Mexico gave me a deep appreciation for the preciousness of water. My family has its own groundwater well and, thankfully, [...]

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Retaining quality faculty

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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Collective giving effort keeps star prof on board The offer was expansive: a chance to join the leadership of a new center for environmental technology in a brand-new building and a brand-new lab, collaboration with one of the leaders in the field of environmental engineering, and a chance to work in a state—Arizona—with huge support [...]

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From sky and lake, researchers study blue-green algae

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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It’s an unseasonably warm, early-April Friday afternoon in Madison, Wisconsin, and the calm day polishes the Lake Mendota surface to a sheen that’s just shy of glass. A vintage flat-bottomed Boston whaler chugs slowly away from a dock adjacent to the famed University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Union Terrace. Soaking up the sun and expansive lake [...]

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Here comes the rain: Managing stormwater runoff

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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As we build and pave more of the world, we create surfaces that encourage, rather than manage, runoff, says Engineering Professional Development Faculty Associate Howard Rosen. “With increased development and climate change, the issue of managing stormwater runoff in an environmentally sound and cost-effective way has become a crucial challenge for hydraulic engineers,” he says. [...]

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Go with the flow: Protecting potable water

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Whether it’s in a residential, commercial or industrial facility, keeping drinking water separate from waste- water seems as straightforward as Plumbing 101. It turns out, however, that the process is anything but simple, and cross-connections, which could contaminate the potable water supply, can occur in a variety of ways. The engineers, plumbers, sprinkler fitters and [...]

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The royal treatment: Improving wastewater engineering

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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We don’t often think about it, but in our homes, workplaces and communities, each of us typically uses more than 100 gallons of clean water each day,” says Engineering Professional Development Faculty Associate Ned Paschke. Finding that water, treating it, delivering it, collecting the used wastewater, cleaning that, and returning it safely to the environment [...]

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The future of water … now

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Using a leading-edge forecasting method called nowcasting, water resources managers can use real-time data to monitor, evaluate and respond to changes in everything from algae blooms to water levels in the streams, rivers and lakes under their watch. While forecasts rely on models built with past data, a nowcast draws on current observations and measurements [...]

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