Overview. The Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center (PA-WRRC) invites faculty of all Pennsylvania colleges and universities to submit proposals for projects addressing water resources issues in Pennsylvania. The PA-WRRC is part of the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR, http://niwr.net/). The small grants program is authorized under section 104B of the Water Resources Research Act of 1964 and is funded by a Federal grant to the PA-WRRC from the US Geological Survey (http://water.usgs.gov/wrri/). Final USGS 104B awards via PA-WRRC are contingent upon Congressional approval of funding for the NIWR program and the availability of these appropriated funds to Penn State via USGS. Proposals are due by 5 pm on October 24, 2016.
Activities. Both research projects (addressing unanswered questions in water resources) and information transfer projects (making research-based information available to user communities) are encouraged. Projects should be focused on fresh waters (not marine waters) and on water resources (not biological resources). Current areas of importance to Pennsylvania’s water resources, and of primary interest for projects include:
- Impacts of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on water resources;
- Effects of climatic variability and change on water resources;
- Tools to quantify water availability or improve water supplies (e.g., conservation and pollution prevention, remediation and restoration, water infrastructure, drinking water quality and treatment, watershed management).
- Sources, effects, and remediation of pollutants in surface waters and ground waters (e.g., nutrients, pesticides, persistent organic pollutants, emerging contaminants);
Highest priority is given to projects that advance understanding of important water resources issues in Pennsylvania (from list above) and accomplish several of the following objectives:
- Assist young scientists/engineers with developing a water research program.
- Work cooperatively with state agencies or other stakeholder groups in the state.
- Develop peer-reviewed research publications and/or effective outreach materials.