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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.

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.