EPA Awards $75,000 Grant to Montclair State University for Innovative Stormwater Management Project

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Montclair State University in Montclair, with a $75,000 People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grant. The grant will fund a project to remove contaminants from urban stormwater at the source, which will shorten water treatment time and make the process of providing clean and safe water more efficient.

“These students are applying what they have learned in the classroom to create innovative solutions to environmental challenges,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “These awards support the next generation of scientists and engineers in their commitment to environmental protection, while helping states, tribes, and local communities find solutions to their environmental issues.”

“These P3 students are tackling some of our most pressing and complex environmental issues,” said Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “The innovative research funded today will help us better protect human health and the environment.”

“Montclair State University has long been a leader in New Jersey in the field of environmental science, management and sustainability research,” said Vice Provost for Research and Dean of The Graduate School Scott Herness. “This grant will enable our students and faculty to further the work being done to improve the water quality of urban environments, using recycled municipal solid wastes as new adsorbents for removing heavy metal contaminants — such as lead and nutrient phosphorous — from stormwater at its source. We are grateful to the Environmental Protection Agency for recognizing the value of our students’ work and the impact it will have on providing clean water in cities across the United States.”

Nationally, EPA awarded more than $557,000 in funding for eight student teams through the P3 Grants Program during Phase II. These teams, made up of college students from across the country, are developing sustainable technologies to solve current environmental and public health challenges.

Other P3 Phase II winners include:

  • Clarkson University – Potsdam, NY
  • Kennesaw State University – Kennesaw, GA
  • University of Cincinnati – Cincinnati, OH
  • Texas Woman’s University – Denton, TX
  • California State University, Chico – Chico, CA
  • Butte College – Oroville, CA
  • University of California, Riverside – Riverside, CA

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