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UD researchers to tackle sediment, human behavior questions through watershed research grants

Two University of Delaware researchers have won support for projects to improve and protect water quality in the Delaware River watershed, part of $4 million in grant awards announced by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, which administers the funds. In all, 10 research teams – including federal, state, private and university researchers – are part of the three-year effort.

The grants are funded by the Delaware Watershed Research Fund, established with the support of the William Penn Foundation, to inform and advance on-the-ground conservation work including efforts underway as part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative. To date, the Philadelphia-based philanthropy has committed $60 million to 48 nonprofit organizations in the initiative, which are working together to reduce threats to water quality in eight carefully selected areas within the larger Delaware River watershed.

James Pizzuto, professor of geological sciences at UD, will lead a team of scientists that includes researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Stroud Water Research Center. With an award of about $442,000, they will analyze the extensive sediment restoration efforts on the White Clay Creek in Chester County, Pennsylvania, work that will guide future restoration efforts.