While existing as both naturally occurring and man-made anions, perchlorate is a persistent contaminant of concern for a variety of industries. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that perchlorates can have negative health impacts on adults and children and detected its presence in public drinking water systems, especially around sites that manufacture solid rocket fuel. More
SERDP and ESTCP have been funding research and demonstrations on a number of fronts to improve our ability to manage sites impacted by PFAS.
Invasive species threaten the balance of all ecosystems. In island ecosystems, native species have evolved in isolation, unequipped to fend off new invasive predators, and risk extinction without space to which to retreat. More
Abiotic processes play an important role in the natural attenuation of groundwater contaminants, and there is a demand for new and improved methods of measurement and/or enhancement of abiotic natural attenuation processes. More
Many aspects of the underwater environment interfere with the detection, characterization, and recovery of military munitions. Except at very shallow sites, munitions underwater are difficult to access.
Dr. Kristina Stinson from the University of Massachusetts and her team led a SERDP funded project that examined the interactive effects of biological invasion and abiotic global change factors on the functional diversity of soil fungi of Northeastern forest habitats. More
Replacing exterior coating systems that no longer meet their performance requirements generates a significant amount of environmentally hazardous materials. That waste stream includes the removed coating material, solvents used to prepare surfaces, and other waste media used during the removal process. More
Dr. Patrick Evans from CDM Smith (now retired) and his team led an ESTCP funded project that demonstrated and validated the Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor (AnMBR) technology for domestic wastewater treatment. Two pilot systems were demonstrated that used different methods of ultrafiltration (UF) membrane flux maintenance: gas sparging and granulated activated carbon (GAC)-fluidized. More
This year’s Installation Energy and Water award recipient was the Principal Investigator for three microgrid-related projects starting in 2013. The projects under his leadership have been expertly managed and have contributed significantly to the body of knowledge advancing DoD’s and industry’s understanding of microgrid design and operation. More
ESTCP invests in a variety of initiatives aimed at improving data quality and providing decision support tools to enhance the munitions response process. Current approaches in geophysical management and data analysis is to use networked, PC-based software solutions, which create issues with security, collaboration, and communication. More