Apr 21, 2015

WERF Requests Proposals for Integrated Water Research Projects

The organization is seeking proposals designed to further sustainable integrated water management research

Water Environment Research Foundation integrated water research

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is currently requesting proposals for two new research projects supporting its integrated water program. 

The first project, Economic Pathways and Partners for Use of Reclaimed Water and Harvesting Stormwater (SIWM8R14), seeks to overcome pricing and economics barriers to utilization of alternative water sources, which could significantly advance knowledge and understanding, and could fundamentally transform how water resource recovery facilities and storm water facilities operate. Proposals should take research to the next level of completion, resulting in practical and implementable solutions for utilization of these resources. Proposals are due no later than May 13, 2015.

The second is a request for proposals for a Toolbox for Completing an Alternatives Analysis as Part of an Integrated Planning Approach to Water Quality Compliance (SIWM9R14). The product will evaluate tools, software, research reports and other documents available to assist communities with implementing an Alternatives Analysis within U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Integrated Planning Framework. The project will also complete a gap analysis for what tools or information is needed for communities to be confident in making such permitting decisions. As part of an Alternatives Analysis, scenarios such as water quality trading agreements, green infrastructure strategies and asset management should be considered and included. Proposals are due no later than May 20, 2015.