Grants

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State Grants

The goal of the Alabama Water Resources Research Institute is to support research and training that is responsive to the identified priority problems of our State and the Southeastern Region of the United States. Virtually all “national” water resources problems are thereby covered. We focus on research proposals that have a high probability of producing useful results and/or attracting more adequate funding based on positive results.

WRRI Grant Announcements

National Grants

The National Institutes for Water Resources and U.S. Geological Survey award grants annually under the USGS Section 104(G) Competitive Grants Program. A list of awards is found on their web page as well as listings for all state awarded Section 104(b) programs.

Previous Grants 

Project Title

Principal Investigator

Awarded Year

Funding Source

Integrating Sonar And Aerial Photogrammetry To Quantify Habitat Persistence For Shoal Dwelling Fishes And Invertebrates In Relation To Flow Prescriptions.

Thorsten Knappenberger
Auburn University

Elise Irwin
Auburn University

2018

USGS
WRRI

Assessing Socio-Environmental Factors In The Cleburne County, Alabama, Childhood Leukemia Cluster

Loka Ashwood
Auburn University

Ming-Kuo Lee
Auburn University

2018

USGS
WRRI

Application of Cellular Confinement Systems to Mitigate Sediment Related Issues in Stormwater Systems

Jose G. Vasconcelos
Auburn University

Leigh G. Terry
University of Alabama

2018

USGS
WRRI

Significance Of The Coastal Sediments As A Source/Sink Of Nutrients To Coastal Waters In The Mobile Bay

Nathasha Dimova
University of Alabama

T. Prabhakar Clement
Auburn University

2017

USGS
WRRI

Enhancing Seasonal Hydrological Forecasts in the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River Basin using the North American Multi-Model Ensemble

Di Tian
Auburn University

Latif Kalin
Auburn University

Alan L. Peeples
Alabama Power

2017

USGS
WRRI

Utilizing Biogeochemical Cycling Processes for the Remediation/Treatment of Persistent Perfluorinated Chemical (PFCs) in Soil and Groundwater

Geoffrey Tick
University of Alabama
2017

USGS
WRRI

Integrating Remote Sensing and Biogeochemical Characterizations at High Resolutions to Determine Source and Amount of Inorganic and Organic Nutrients Exported from Agricultural Watersheds

Yuehan Lu
University of Alabama

Eben N. Broadbent
University of Alabama

Angelica Almeyda Zambrano
University of Alabama

2016

USGS
WRRI

Onsite Wastewater Management in Hale and Wilcox Counties: Failing Septic Systems,

Direct Discharge by “Straight Pipes” and Microbial Source Tracking

Mark Elliott
University of Alabama

Kevin White
University of South Alabama

Parrish Pugh
ADPH, Montgomery

Robert Jones and Chandra Lynn Jones
Down to Earth, Inc.

2016

USGS
WRRI

Science and Policy of Environmental Instream Flows in the Tombigbee River Basin,

Alabama and Mississippi: An Interstate Comparison

Sarah Praskievicz
University of Alabama

Bennett Bearden
University of Alabama

Andy Ernest
University of Alabama

2016

USGS
WRRI

Identification of Stream Bed Sediment Sources Using Sediment Fingerprinting

Jasmeet Lamba
Auburn University

Ming-Kuo Lee
Auburn University

Myra A. Crawford
Cahaba Riverkeeper

2016

USGS
WRRI

Environmentally-friendly alternatives to bulkheads for resilient and healthy shorelines: evaluation and implementation of two living shoreline designs.

Dr. Just Cebrian
University of South Alabama
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
2016

USGS
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
WRRI

Identification of Pollution Sources on Agricultural Farms and Evaluation of New Fecal Indicators for Surface Water Quality Monitoring

Luxin WangAuburn University 2015

USGS
WRRI

Evaluation of Thermal and Dissolved Oxygen Stress to Freshwater Mussels in a Safe Harbor / Critical Habitat Reach of an Alabama Stream

James StoeckelAuburn University 2015

USGS
WRR

Water Policy and Law in Alabama (Year Two)

Heather ElliotUniversity of Alabama 2015

USGS
WRRI

Examination of Bacterial Levels in Water and Sediment for the Development of Refined Monitoring Protocols for Inland Recreational Water

Luxin WangAuburn University 2014

USGS
WRRI

Water Policy and Law in Alabama

Heather ElliotUniversity of Alabama 2014

USGS
WRRI

Developing and Contrasting Nutrient Criteria Thresholds for Four Alabama Reservoirs

Alan WilsonAuburn University 2013

USGS
WRRI

Guidance Document for more Cost-Effective Sampling of Biological Responses to Nutrient Loads in Streams and Rivers

Derek WilliamsonUniversity of Alabama 2013 USGS
WRRI

Assessment of Storm water Quality through Porous Pavement Systems

Clifford LangeAuburn University 2013 USGS
WRRI
Experimental Investigation of Stormwater Runoff Quality Originating from Urban Vegetated Roofs Jason KirbyUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham 2012

USGS
WRRI

Quantitative PCR-Based Assays for Detection of Wildlife and Pet Fecal Pollution in Water

Yucheng FengAuburn University 2012

USGS
WRRI

Development of an In-Situ Capable Method for Detecting Pathogenic Bacteria in the Alabama Water Supplies

Ahjeong SonAuburn University 2012

USGS
WRRI

Utilizing Greywater for Landscape and Green Roof Irrigation

Amy WrightAuburn University 2011

USGS
WRR

Forage and Fertilization Management Practices to Ensure Quality of Runoff from Pasture under Grazing Beef Cattle

Russell B. MuntiferingAuburn University 2011

USGS
WRRI

Development of an In-Situ Capable Method for Detecting Pathogenic Bacteria in the Alabama Water Supplies

Ahjeong SonAuburn University 2011

USGS
WRRI

Experimental Investigation of Runoff Mitigation from Vegetated Roofs

Jason KirbyUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham 2010

USGS
WRRI

Development of an In-Situ Capable Method for Detecting Pathogenic Bacteria in the Alabama Water Supplies

Ahjeong SonAuburn University 2010

USGS
WRRI

Nitrogen Retention in Riverine Shoal Habitat of Central Alabama (AL): An Assessment of Direct and Indirect Mechanisms

Jennifer EdmondsUniversity of Alabama 2010 USGS
WRRI

Assessment of Groundwater Flow Paths and Discharge to the Coastal Region of Baldwin County, Alabama to Understand Contaminant Transport using a Cross-Sectional Groundwater Flow and Transport Model

Geoffrey R. TickUniversity of Alabama 2009

USGS
WRRI

Understanding the Role of Denitrification as a Mechanism for Nitrogen (N) Removal along a River Continuum in Central Alabama

Ryan SponsellerUniversity of Alabama 2009

USGS
WRRI

Evaluation of Stormwater Quality Improvement through Pervious Concrete Pavement

Michael HeinAuburn University 2009

USGS
WRRI

Groundwater-Surface Water Contributions of Nitrate Contamination and Discharge to Coastal Surface Waters, Baldwin County, Alabama

Geoffrey R. TickThe University of Alabama 2008

USGS
WRRI

Estimating Regional and Local Scale Surface Moisture as an Indicator of Drought and Crop Yield Using Thermal IR Remote Sensing

Luke J. MarzenAuburn University 2008

USGS
WRRI

Evaluating Bioretention Contaminant Uptake and Removal in an Experimental Rain Garden Study

Mark Dougherty

Auburn University

2008

USGS
WRRI

On-Farm and Watershed Approaches to Community-Based nutrient and Pathogen Management

William DeutschAuburn University 2008

USGS
WRRI

Estimating Regional and Local Scale Surface Moistrure as an Indicator of Drought Using Thermal IR Remote Sensing

Luke J. MarzenAuburn University 2007

USGS
WRRI

An Integrated Dosing and Treatment System to Mitigate the Environmental and Health Threat from Conventional Onsite Septic Systems in the Alabama Black Belt Area

Mark DoughertyAuburn University 2007

USGS
WRRI

Development of a Cost Effective Methodology for In-Field Screen Testing of Water Quality

Zhongyang (Z.-Y.) ChengAuburn University 2007

USGS
WRRI

Assessing The Effectiveness Of Various Treatment Methods For Removing Endocrine Disrupting Compounds From Domestic Wastewater

Robert A. AngusUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham 2007

USGS
WRRI

Pilot-Testing an Innovative Remediation Technology for In-Situ Destruction of Chlorinated Organic Contaminants in Alabama Soils and Groundwater Using a New Class of Zero Valent Iron Nanoparticles

Don ZhaoAuburn University 2006 USGS
WRRI
The Fate Transport, and Effects of Veterinary Antimicrobial Mixtures in the Environment Puneet SrivastavaAuburn University 2006

USGS
WRRI

Evaluating Bioretention Nutrient Removal in a Rain Garden with an Internal Water Storage (IWS) Layer

Mark DoughertyAuburn University 2006

USGS
WRRI

Investigating the Role of Surface-Groundwater Interactions on Surface Water Quality

Cevza KazezyilmazalhanAuburn University 2006

USGS
WRRI

Development and Application of an Innovative Nanotechnology for In-Intu Remediation of Hg-Contaminated Alabama Soilds and Sediments

Don ZhaoAuburn University 2005

USGS
WRRI

Spatial Dynamics of Runoff-Contributing Areas for Effective Management of Phosphorus from Land-Applied Poultry Litter

Puneet SrivastavaAuburn University 2005

USGS
WRRI

Development of a Cost Effective Methodology for In-Field Screening Test of Water Quality

Zhongyang ChengAuburn University 2005

USGS
WRRI

In-Situ Destruction of PCBS, PCE and TCE in Alabama Soils and Groundwater Using a New Class of Nanoscale Bimetallic Particles

Don ZhaoAuburn University 2004

USGS
WRRI

Nitrogen Cycling in Alabama Rivers: Effects of Nutrient Addition on the Composition of Functional Microbial Communities

Julie OlsonUniversity of Alabama 2004

USGS
WRRI

The Evaluation of an Approach to Estimate Regional Scale Surface Moisture as an Indicator of Drought for Alabama Using NASA’s Modis Data

Luke MarzenAuburn University 2004

USGS
WRRI

In-Situ Destruction of PCBS, PCE and TCE in Alabama Soils and Groundwater Using a New Class of Nanoscale Bimetallic Particles

Don ZhaoAuburn University 2003

USGS
WRRI

A Molecular Approach to Determine the Origin of Fecal Bacteria in Catoma Creek of the Alabama River Basin

Yucheng FengAuburn University 2003

USGS
WRRI

Characterizing the Transport and Biodegradation Patterns of Chlorinated Compounds under Various Environmental Conditions

Prabhakar ClementAuburn University 2003

USGS
WRRI

Treatment of Heavy Metal Contaminated Runoff Using Straw Coated with Sulfide

Robert PetersUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham 2002

USGS
WRRI

Use of Sonication/Acoustic Cavitation with Advanced Oxidants to Treat Petroleum Hydrocarbons-Contaminated Surface Waters and Groundwaters

Robert PetersUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham 2002

USGS
WRRI

Watershed Protection Through Building Material Substitution and Controlled Use

Melinda LalorUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham 2002

USGS
WRRI

Development of Geophysical Assessment Tools for a New In Situ Groundwater Remediation Process

L. W. WolfAuburn University 2001

USGS
WRRI

Continuation of Studies to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Current BMPS in Controlling Stormwater Discharges from Small Construction Sites, Pilot Studies of Methods to Improve their Effectiveness, and Assessment of the Effects of Dischage on Stream Communities

Robert AngusUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham 2001

USGS
WRRI

Identification of Pollution Sources on Agricultural Farms and Evaluation of New Fecal Indicators for Surface Water Quality Monitorings

Joey ShawAuburn University 2000

USGS
WRRI

Implementation of Methods to Enhance the Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Current BMPs in Controlling Stormwater Dischages from Small Construction Sites in the Valley and Ridge Physiographic Region and the Development of Metrics to Assess the Effects of Dischage on Stream Communities

Ken MarionUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham 2000

USGS
WRRI