Carnegie Mellon Univ. - Ctr. for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems (WaterQUEST)

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The Center for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems (WaterQUEST) at Carnegie Mellon University is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its purpose is to study the scientific management of human-health related chemical toxicants and microbiological pathogens within the context of complex urban environmental systems.

The Center was in the news in August, 2009 when it received a $100,000 grant from a private foundation to set up a monitoring system for studying water quality in the Monongahela River. The research was to concentrate on bromides and sulfate. Bromides tend to be associated with the produced water from Marcellus shale drilling. Sulfate is more related to acid mine drainage.

Earlier research funded by the oil and gas industry indicated that acid mine drainage was the major source of total dissolved solids (TDS) in the Monongahela, and that water from gas well drilling played only a relatively minor role.

  • Jeanne M. VanBriesen is a Co-Director of The Center for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems and a chief investigator on the Monongahela River study.
  • David Dzombak is a The Center's Co-Director.
  • Kelvin Gregory is the other chief investigators on the water quality study.



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