Water Environment Research Foundation Seeking Proposals for Ecological Research

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Proposals Due Friday, November 2, 2012

We are encouraging creative strategies to accomplish the objectives of this research.

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) seeks proposals to demonstrate and refine the application of site screening tools previously developed by WERF to assist water quality managers in evaluating the potential for adverse ecological effects associated with exposure to trace organic compounds (TOrC) that may be present in treated wastewater and receiving waters. The output from this research will include specific guidance on how to use the site screening tools supported by detailed examples of tool applications under a variety of scenarios. These examples will come directly from demonstrations selected and conducted by the research team. In addition, new chemical and biological data will be collected to validate and further demonstrate the accuracy of these tools.

“The purpose of this effort is to assist water quality managers who are considering, for example, chemical and biological monitoring programs, upgrades to treatment facilities, source control initiatives, future regulatory requirements, and possible concerns expressed by utility boards, environmental groups and the public,” states Daniel Woltering, PhD., Director of Research at WERF. “We are encouraging creative strategies to accomplish the objectives of this research.”

Approximately $250,000 is available to fund the research and considerable leverage is expected to come from the proposers. The request for proposals and complete instructions are available online. Contact Program Director Lola Olabode at (571) 384-2109 or lolabode(at)werf(dot)org for additional information. All proposals are due in WERF's offices by 4:00 p.m. EDT, November 2, 2012.


The Water Environment Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed in 1989, is America's leading independent scientific research organization dedicated to wastewater and stormwater issues.

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