Enhancing Water Research in West Virginia: Organization and Capability Building

EPA Grant Number: R829410E01
Title: Enhancing Water Research in West Virginia: Organization and Capability Building
Investigators: Ziemkiewicz, P.
Current Investigators: Ziemkiewicz, P. , Szwilski, Tony
Institution: West Virginia University
Current Institution: West Virginia University , Marshall University
EPA Project Officer: Hunt, Sherri
Project Period: October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2003 (Extended to September 30, 2004)
Project Amount: $274,928
RFA: EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) (2001) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: EPSCoR (The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research)


The objective of this Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP) is to build on the State's existing research management infrastructure while improving communication between academics (faculty and students) and the beneficiaries of environmental research: industry, the public, state and federal agencies.


Environmental research in West Virginia is based on a relatively few, world class, competitive programs within narrow technical fields: mine drainage, coal combustion byproducts, watershed restoration and GIS assisted decision support. Improvement of our environmental research capability will require increasing the breadth of our competitive research and the number and quality of faculty and students.

Expected Results:

Specific actions under the SIP will include broadening the scope of the West Virginia Advisory Committee for Water Research, formal linkages between the State's two research universities and organization of a State Water Issues Conference.

Supplemental Keywords:

RFA, Scientific Discipline, Geographic Area, Water, ECOSYSTEMS, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, Aquatic Ecosystems & Estuarine Research, Ecology, estuarine research, Ecosystem/Assessment/Indicators, Ecosystem Protection, State, Restoration, Aquatic Ecosystem, Aquatic Ecosystems, Ecological Monitoring, Ecology and Ecosystems, Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration, Ecological Indicators, monitoring, ecoindicator, ecological exposure, remote sensing, estuaries, mercury, estuarine integrity, environmental awareness, West Virginia, WVA, estuarine ecoindicator, environmental indicators, environmental stress, estuarine waters, water quality

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2002 Progress Report
  • 2003 Progress Report
  • Final Report