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Nov 9, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)

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Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research


Integrate the existing Drinking Water and Water
Quality research programs into one holistic
program that maximizes responsiveness to the
needs of OW, Regional, and critical water
resource partners and stakeholders


SSWR


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Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research

SSWR Development Process…

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Draft
Research
Frame
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work

Develop
Research
Portfolio

Develop
Research
Action Plan

Develop
Problem

Formula
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tion

www.epa.gov/research

Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Office of Research and Development


Nutrients

Chemicals &
Pathogens

Tools&Technology

Watershed
Protection

Cost Effective
Solutions

Communication

Cross Media


Energy & Mineral
extraction/injection

N&P Pollution

Agriculture: Food &
Energy

Watershed
Protection

Built Infrastructure

Chemical &
Industrial Processes

Water
Quantity


Quality


Water
Nexuses



Infrastructure

OW/Region Problems

Focal Problem

Workshop
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Dec

Integrated Themes

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Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research

Working Draft Problem Statement
:

Increasing demands for sources of clean water
combined with land use practices, growth, aging
infrastructure, and climate variability pose significant
threats to our Nation's water resources. Failure to
manage our Nation's waters in an integrated, sustainable
manner will limit economic prosperity and jeopardize
both human and aquatic ecosystem health.

Working Draft Vision
:

SSWR uses an integrated, systems approach for the
identification and development of the scientific,
technological and behavioral innovations needed to
ensure clean, adequate and equitable supplies of water
that support human well
-
being and resilient aquatic
ecosystems.


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GW

Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research

Aquatic Ecosystems

Water and pollution
returns to the
environment

Water is utilized
by industry
including
agriculture

Water is utilized
by society

Some water

is recovered

and recycled

Public

Health


Economic

Prosperity


economic
value

is created for
society

labor is utilized
in industry

ENVIRONMENT

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Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research

Next Steps:


Draft Research Framework by Mid Feb


Develop Research Portfolio
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Mar
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April


Draft Research Action Plan


April
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July


Implement Program Oct 1



https://SSWR
.


Coming soon

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Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research

Draft Research Themes, Drivers, and Key Research
Questions



Theme 1
.


Ensure the holistic protection and restoration of
watersheds to provide safe and sustainable water quality
necessary for human and ecosystem health.


Drivers:
Decreasing availability of water of suitable quality as a
result of short
-
sighted planning combined with an
overcommitment

of competing human uses associated with increased housing, food
and energy production, economic development lead to adverse and
unsustainable impacts on water quality.


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Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research

Theme 1 continued

Key Research Questions
:


What metrics and monitoring approaches are needed to produce innovative,
rapid, integrated assessments of the current health of the nation’s watersheds
with sufficient spatial resolution to allow for effective adaptive management?
(Nutrients, Pathogens, & Sediment; Water Ecosystem Protection;
Chemical/Industrial Processes)


How can we develop more rapid, effective approaches to reducing nitrogen,
phosphorus, and sediment pollution in our water resources at a regional
watershed level to better protect human and aquatic ecosystem health, without
being overly restrictive?
(Nutrients, Pathogens, & Sediment; Ag
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Food&Energy
;
Water Ecosystem Protection)


What are the new, innovative approaches for identifying, assessing the risk of,
and regulating chemicals and pathogens as groups to provide better and faster
protection of human and aquatic ecosystem health
? (Nutrients, Pathogens, &
Sediment; Ag
-
Food & Energy; Water Ecosystem Protection; Chemical/Industrial
Processes; Built Infrastructure)


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Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research

Theme 1. Key Science Questions Continued


What innovative, integrated, cost
-
effective approaches to water resource
protection, intervention, and restoration activities can be developed for
watersheds?
(Nutrients, Pathogens, & Sediment; Ag
-
Food & Energy; Water
Ecosystem Protection; Built Infrastructure)



What tools, models or other innovative approaches are needed to assess the
effectiveness of various best management practices used to reduce nonpoint
sources of pollution?
(Nutrients, Pathogens, & Sediment; Ag
-
Food & Energy;
Water Ecosystem Protection)


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Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research

Draft Research Themes, Drivers, and Key Research
Questions



Theme 2
.


Ensure sustainable water quality and availability to
support the needs of healthy humans, ecosystems, and
economies.


Drivers
: Increasing demands are being placed on a finite water
resource to supply drinking water and other societal needs including
energy, agriculture, and industry, as well as aquatic ecosystem
needs in the face of climate variability.



Key Research Questions:


What are the current status and likely trends in the quantities and qualities of our
regional groundwater and surface water used for drinking water, energy
production, agriculture, aquatic dependent plants and wildlife, and recreation?
(Energy and Materials Extraction/Injection; Nutrients, Pathogens, & Sediment;
Ag
-
Food & Energy; Water Ecosystem Protection; Chemical/Industrial
Processes; Built Infrastructure)


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Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research

Theme 2 Key Questions Continued


How can the competing demands for water for electric power generation,
agricultural use, industrial processes, wildlife, and drinking water be met
sustainably and equitably?
(Energy and Materials Extraction/Injection; Ag
-
Food &
Energy; Water Ecosystem Protection; Chemical/Industrial Processes; Built
Infrastructure)


How do these demands change with climate variability and changing human
demographics?
(Nutrients, Pathogens,& Sediment; Ag
-
Food & Energy; Water
Ecosystem Protection; Chemical/Industrial Processes; Built Infrastructure)


How do we promote changes in human values and behaviors to ensure current
water usage maintains safe, sustainable future supplies?
(Water Ecosystem
Protection)



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Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research

Draft Research Themes, Drivers, and Key Research
Questions



Theme 3
.


Ensure water infrastructure is capable of the
sustained delivery of safe drinking water, provides for the
removal and treatment of wastewater consistent with its
sustainable and safe re
-
use, and manages
stormwater

in a
sustainable manner and that values and manages
stormwater

as a component of a sustainable water resources.



Drivers
: Rapidly changing human demographics, combined with
age, historic neglect, and rapidly escalating costs are limiting the
effective and efficient innovative replacement of aging or inadequate
water infrastructure.


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Theme 3 continued

Key Research Questions
:


How can we better assess the current condition and sustainability of our
existing drinking water and wastewater infrastructure?


What current environmental and human health issues are associated
with our declining water and wastewater infrastructure
? (Nutrients,
Pathogens, & Sediment; Built Infrastructure)


What are the new innovative technologies and approaches that can
mitigate or replace the current aging infrastructure for drinking water
and wastewater treatment and conveyance?
(Water Ecosystem
Protection; Built Infrastructure)



How do climate variations impact water infrastructure?
(Built
Infrastructure)



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Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research

Theme 3 continued

Key Research Questions
:


What innovative water and wastewater treatment technologies will be
required to reduce the human and environmental health risk from new and
emerging chemicals and pathogens?
(Nutrients, Pathogens, & Sediment;
Chemical/Industrial Processes; Built Infrastructure)


How cost
-
effective is source water
-
watershed protection and green
infrastructure remediation in reducing raw treatment costs?
(Nutrients,
Pathogens, & Sediment; Water Ecosystem Protection; Built Infrastructure)


What effective, innovative uses of green infrastructure can lead to a
reduction in urban
stormwater

and water pollutants entering our water
resources?
(Nutrients, Pathogens, & Sediment; Water Ecosystem
Protection; Chemical/Industrial Processes )



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Theme 3 Key Questions continued


What new, innovative, integrated approaches and technologies can be
developed to produce carbon
-
, nitrogen
-
, and energy
-
neutral urban water
and wastewater treatment?
(Water Ecosystem Protection;
Chemical/Industrial Processes; Built Infrastructure)


How do we effectively inform public values and perceptions to ensure
support for increased sustainability of our water resources through
wastewater reuse and environmentally sound management of
biosolids
?
(Nutrients, Pathogens, & Sediment; Ag
-
Food & Energy; Water Ecosystem
Protection; Chemical/Industrial Processes; Built Infrastructure)


What new, innovative, affordable, and protective treatment technologies can
be developed for small systems?
(Nutrients, Pathogens, & Sediment; Water
Ecosystem Protection; Chemical/Industrial Processes; Built Infrastructure)


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