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The Center for Urban Waters is currently sponsoring a broad range of research projects.  Follow the links below to learn more!

Puget Sound Institute

A cooperative agreement between the University of Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Puget Sound Partnership, the Puget Sound Institute seeks to catalyze rigorous, transparent analysis, synthesis, discussion and dissemination of science in support of the restoration and protection of the Puget Sound ecosystem.

Washington Stormwater Center

Washington Stormwater Center serves NPDES permittees and stormwater managers as they navigate the complexities and challenges of stormwater management. We provide tools for stormwater management by supporting municipalities, stormwater permittees, and businesses in their efforts to control stormwater and protect water quality.

UW Water Symposium

The Center for Urban Waters, along with the Puget Sound Institute, is pleased to sponsor the annual University of Washington Water Symposium.

Summer Intern Program

Begun in 2011, the Center for Urban Waters Summer Intern Program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to serve in paid internships, working alongside faculty and researchers on current projects.

Sources and Distribution of Marine Microplastics

Microplastics are defined as any solid material <5 mm that is comprised primarily of synthetic polymers.  Ongoing research at the Center for Urban Waters is working to develop standardized methods for collecting, identifying, and quantifying microplastics in environmental samples, as well as consistent terminology to describe the issue.

Air Sampling Project

Particulate and gas-phase air samples are currently being collected at the Center for Urban Waters (CUW) on the EPA’s 1-in-6 day schedule. These air samples are currently being extracted and analyzed by CUW staff to quantify the ambient concentrations of two important classes of chemical species: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and phthalate esters.

Using a Waste Product to Improve Rain Garden Performance

In this research, various soil mixes commonly used in rain gardens were compared as to their ability to capture heavy metals and nutrients.