Natural and constructed wetlands are being used to remove contaminants from municipal wastewater and container nursery runoff to determine the best methods for removal. Center researchers are also involved in innovative treatment processes including advanced oxidation for the treatment of water and wastewater. Currently, researchers are looking for ways to control the formation of disinfection by-products that form when water disinfectants react with organic matter.
Potentially cancer-causing chemicals from nursery or industry runoff can be analyzed through their fate and transport through the soil. Center researchers are studying these characteristics to limit the effects of the chemicals on aquatic and human life and develop best management practices for nonpoint source pollution control.