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Center for Urban Waters

The University of Washington Tacoma research lab at the Center for Urban Waters (CUW) is an off-campus organized research unit. CUW is a LEED Platinum building located about 2 miles from the UW Tacoma campus. Being co-located here with two of our partner organizations, City of Tacoma Environmental Services and the Puget Sound Partnership, helps to facilitate collaboration. 

Researchers in our lab seek to understand and quantify the sources, pathways, and impacts of chemical pollutants in urban waterways. Highly sensitive analytical tools are used to measure contaminant levels, which can be combined with sophisticated computer models to track pollutant sources and transport in the Puget Sound region. UW students work side-by-side with Urban Waters colleagues, contributing to research teams while gaining valuable training and experience. Members of the Puget Sound Institute work to catalyze the collective actions of scientists, engineers and policymakers to restore and protect the Puget Sound ecosystem by synthesizing and integrating research findings into timely foundations for informed decisions.

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