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Water Resources Evaluation & Management


Two men in waders attach a net to two poles in a marshy wetland.

Environmental characterization or environmental assessment forms the basis for natural resource planning and management leading to decision about conservation, protection, remediation and restoration. All of these actions require data, standardized methods and tools that can be used to make informed decisions that minimize costs and maximize return on investment.

The NRRI Water Team uses a “systems approach” to environmental characterization and assessment, starting with developing a basic understanding of how the system functions and developing tools and methods to reduce the risk of environmental degradation. Technologies and tools that help to remediate the system once it becomes degraded have been developed using bioremediation (i.e., putting bacteria to work), and modifying natural materials such as peat granules so they adsorb pollutants like heavy metals.