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The CE3 Water Program works regularly with the Appalachian Watershed Research Group (AWRG), which was initiated over a decade ago by a group of Ohio University faculty and staff from the Voinovich School. The group provides interdisciplinary, high-quality, applications-based water research for the benefit of the region. These research projects are designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students with innovative learning opportunities while also solving real-world problems. The work of the AWRG benefits watershed groups, federal, state, and local governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, local residents, businesses, and industry.

The AWRG research areas of interest include chemical, biological, and physical water quality research, acid mine drainage reclamation, aquatic outreach and education, fish and invertebrate assessment, sediment toxicity, PCB and TCE contamination in surface and groundwater, chemical water quality trainings for watershed professionals, teachers, and students, and linking of data to decision-making tools through the use of online reports, charts, maps and graphs. Students are a part of the project teams thus providing them with experience that demonstrates teamwork, builds leadership skills, and integrates teaching and learning.

Points of Contact

Jennifer Bowman, Senior Environmental Project Manager
Ohio University Voinovich School

Natalie Kruse, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Ohio University Voinovich School

Amy Mackey, Raccoon Creek Watershed Coordinator
Ohio University Voinovich School

Sarah Landers, Environmental Specialist
Ohio University Voinovich School


Example Projects

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The Raccoon Creek Partnership

Since 1999, the Voinovich School has coordinated the efforts to restore the Raccoon Creek Watershed from acid mine drainage. The Raccoon Creek Partnership, sponsored by Ohio University, works toward conservation, stewardship, and restoration of the watershed for a healthier stream and community. Nearly $20 million has been spent on 17 successful reclamation projects (as of 2015), resulting in improved stream health for more than 42 miles of streams in areas previously impacted by acid mine drainage. For more information visit www.raccooncreek.org or find us on Facebook. A short video titled a “Raccoon Creek a Wonder to Wander,” created by OU student, Nora Rye, and the Raccoon Creek Partnership, can be found on YouTube.

Tags: Water

Abandoned Coal Mine Drainage Investigation in Wills Creek and White Eyes Creek

The Voinovich School has partnered with the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to engage local watershed groups to conduct a water quality investigation of abandoned coal mine drainage in Wills Creek and White Eyes Creek in Coshocton and Muskingum Counties. The School will analyze the data and provide a summary report of impacts from acid mine drainage in these streams. Once Jen Bowman, senior environmental project manager, and Gary Conley, research supervisor for Ohio University’s Air Quality Center, present their findings, the MWCD will develop a viable and cost-effective restoration plan to provide cleaner water for Ohio. An article about the project can be found here.

Tags: Water

Laboratory for Sustainable Energy and Advanced Materials

The Laboratory for Sustainable Energy and Advanced Materials (SEAM Lab) has demonstrated expertise in the areas of alternative fuels, coal and biomass utilization, hydrogen technology, waste and drinking water treatment processes, polymerization and material compatibilization, supercritical fluid technology, and chemical process engineering and design. The laboratory is engaged in alternative clean liquid fuel synthesis via single stage dimethylether, waterless and sand-free fracking technology, enhanced oil and gas recovery technology, and advanced hydrogen generation using unconventional feedstocks such as crude ethanol beer, crude glycerin, mixed transportation fuels, and more. The laboratory is well equipped with state-of-the-art processing and analytical equipment for energy and environmental research.­ For more details, please visit our website at http://www.ohio.edu/people/lees1/altfuels.html.

Tags: Energy,Shale,Water