Impacts Over 10 Years
The Ohio Water Resources Center Ohio WRC has funded a myriad of projects over the last decade to researchers who work to solve pressing water issues. By developing technologies and processes to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen from wastewater and agricultural runoff, Ohio WRC funded researchers are creating solutions to mitigate the detrimental effects of harmful algal blooms, as well as finding ways to protect natural water bodies. In addition, our funded researchers are developing innovative technologies for drinking water treatment and changing policies to make innovation in water treatment accessible. Our researchers are also exploring the energy water-nexus, with an aim toward sustainable development of current and new energy sources as well as strategies for more efficient water use, especially in energy extraction processes.
Our researchers have leveraged seed funding to publish journal articles, give presentations, have conversations with stakeholders, and provide opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate student to get hands on experience regarding relevant water issues in the state of Ohio.
Over the last 10 years, Ohio's surface waters have seen an influx of quality impairments such as hypoxic “dead zones” and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs). These issues are caused by pollutants from agricultural nutrient runoff, wastewater effluents and other sources that find its way into smaller tributaries which end up in larger bodies of water. Our funded researchers work diligently to understand the causes and patterns of HABs while seeking solutions to improve water quality and reduce nutrient input into our water bodies. Additionally, our researchers investigate other emerging water quality issues, such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Our Location in the Ohio State University's College of Engineering and relationship with the Ohio Water Development Authority enables us to fund research in technology development. The promotion of innovative technologies to combat water issues in Ohio allow our researchers to seek repeatable methods and implementable solutions that can serve as a standard for water research on a national scale. Our funded researchers are developing innovative technologies to treat microcystin, nutrients and other emerging contaminants in drinking water and wastewater. Furthermore, Ohio WRC is working with stakeholders, to make emerging water treatment technologies more accessible for small water treatment systems in the state.
Water and Energy
Water is needed for energy production. Correspondingly, energy is crucial for the provision and supply of water. Our researchers are exploring this interrelationship with an aim toward sustainable development of current and new energy sources as well as strategies for more efficient water use. Our funded researchers also address shale gas development and the implications it poses in Ohio regarding water, energy, and land. Furthermore, acid-mine drainage is still affecting many Ohio's streams and affordable mitigation solutions are under investigation by Ohio WRC researchers at multiple locations.