UMBC, partners get $5 million grant for water study

Researchers to look at how growth affects water supply, quality

November 11, 2010|By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun

Researchers at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and other institutions have been given $5 million to study how development affects water quality and supply, and how urban landscapes might influence climate.

The five-year grant from the National Science Foundation will be shared among 13 scientists, engineers and social scientists at UMBC, the University of Maryland College Park, and seven other institutions and government agencies. Catonsville-based UMBC, which will lead the effort, is to get $1.5 million.

"Development puts stress on regional water supplies and aquatic ecosystems, and there are lots of questions about how we can better manage those stresses," said Claire Welty, a UMBC professor and principal investigator on the study. She is director of UMBC's Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education.

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