The WVU-based West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI) will award $92,000 in grant money to faculty members at West Virginia Institutions of higher education who submit winning proposals that address a range of water-related research priorities. The program is sponsored by the US Geological Survey. WVWRI Director Paul Ziemkiewicz said the center is requesting proposals from faculty researchers interested in executing work related to:
Shale gas - energy production impacts on water resource and water quality/quantity concern for gas well hydrofracturing
Coal mining - valley fills and uses for mine water discharge
Aquatic ecosystem - flooding, aquatic ecosystem integrity, water metrics, water quality, environmental/in-stream flows and web content management system
Urban development - industrial processes and urban sprawl, land use modifications, and inadequate infrastructure
Agriculture - agricultural impacts
Ziemkieqicz said that multi-year projects are encouraged. Under this program in previous years, WVWRI has been able to support between two and four research projects each in the range of about $15,000-$25,000. Ziemkiewicz said he expects $92,000 to be available for new and continuing projects in 2012.
The closing date for submitting proposals under the program is Nov 9. Info: www.wvwri.org.