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The State of Water Challenges on the US-Mexico Border (Live Webinar) (Free)

July 29, 2021

As demands on freshwater escalate, there are mounting pressures on natural systems and increasing needs to find sustainable solutions to address global water and sanitation challenges at the US-Mexico Border. The Water Innovation and Reuse Lab (WIRLab) at San Diego State University trains and mentors undergraduate and graduate students from diverse groups to take on environmental challenges in water scarce environments by conducting research on sustainable water and sanitation technologies and biogeochemical processes in natural and engineered systems. 

Current projects investigate the transformation and persistence of emerging chemicals in anaerobic and aerobic decentralized water reuse systems, sources of anthropogenic contaminants in urban rivers, water quality response to stream restoration, the fate of microplastics in the environment, and rapid fluorescence-based tracking of organic contaminants in source waters, streams, and groundwater.

WIRLab is led by Dr. Natalie Mladenov, Associate Professor and William E. Leonhard Jr. Chair in the Department of Civil, Construction, & Environmental Engineering at SDSU. Hear from this San Diego-based expert on research related to decentralized water reuse for urban greening and the Tijuana River sewage monitoring study.


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