WASHINGTON — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy has announced grants to four research institutions for innovative and sustainable water research to manage harmful nutrient pollution, according to a press release.

The grants were announced at the 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment, noted the release.

According to the release, the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants will go to: Pennsylvania State University Center for Integrated Multi-scale Nutrient Pollution Solutions to focus on nutrient flows in Pennsylvania and the Chesapeake basin; the University of South Florida Center for Reinventing Aging Infrastructure for Nutrient Management to support Tampa Bay and similar coastal areas as they face problems of aging wastewater collection and treatment systems; Colorado State University Center for Comprehensive, Optimal and Effective Abatement of Nutrients for linking physical, biological, legal, social and economic aspects of nutrient management in the Western and Eastern United States; and the Water Environment Research Foundation National Center for Resource Recovery and Nutrient Management in Alexandria, Va. for innovative research in nutrient reduction through resource recovery and behavioral factors affecting acceptance and implementation.

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“These grants will go towards research to help us better manage nutrients and better protect our precious water resources from the dangers of nutrient pollution, especially in a changing climate,” said McCarthy.

Nutrient pollution is one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems, and is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways, reported the release.

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