ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) announced the launch of its third project under the EPA-funded National Research Center for Resource Recovery and Nutrient Management by awarding Stanford University and the University of California-Berkeley with a contract to research extractive nutrient recovery technologies, according to a press release.

The project, “Enhanced Removal of Nutrients from Urban Runoff with Novel Unit-Process Capture, Treatment, and Recharge Systems (WERF project # STAR_N4R14),” assumes that applying process models to aid future design efforts for urban stormwater runoff capture and treatment will considerably enhance nutrient removal at the watershed level, stated the release.

The release reported that these models will also help meet community-defined priorities such as capture for groundwater recharge, water quality improvement and flood-risk mitigation.

The research’s findings will help advance a comprehensive design strategy for an innovative, multiunit stormwater treatment system, and as a result, agricultural, industrial and municipal sectors will have a “defined and structured protocol for decision making with respect to extractive nutrient recovery,” noted the release.