Research & Economic Development
Outreach and Special Projects
Center-Initiated Rapid Response Research: Helping Fisheries Managers Provide Healthier Trout
Through judicious and conservative spending, the Water Center has begun supporting Center-initiated research. Funding is available so that faculty can initiate research quickly on acute problems and high-priority issues identiﬁed by partners, but for which no funding mechanism exists or where it would cause harm to wait up to a year to write traditional proposals for the grant-funding cycle that peaks during the winter. Our ﬁrst rapid response effort focuses on water quality in State ﬁsh hatcheries.
A team of nine undergraduate chemical engineering students explored ways of reducing nitrogen by testing different ways to set up the stripping columns. They partnered with Red Silo Brewery to created chilled supersaturated water in the laboratory and were collecting data when forced to leave campus due to statewide pandemic lock-downs. However, they were able to help us understand system dynamics prior to going home.