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The Water Center provides integrated real-world solutions to critical urban water problems

We engage and connect the University community with regional water practitioners, decision makers, and national and global thought leaders for the purpose of developing integrated and innovative urban water strategies that address public health, infrastructure, and the socioeconomic and environmental challenges of long-term urban water sustainability and resiliency.

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A Federal Rollback of Wetland and Stream Protections Could Affect Philadelphia

October 1, 2020 | grid

When human activity gets in the way of these areas that fill with water, whether through tree removal or construction of roads and parking lots, thus converting those headwater areas into impermeable spaces, it results in a much more “erratic,” “flashy flow regime,” says Russek.

“Which aggravates flooding conditions,” he adds, “because a lot of that natural storage is gone.”



6th Annual Jersey Water Works Conference

The sixth annual Jersey Water Works Conference will bring together more than 300 state and local decision-makers, practitioners, and stakeholders to amplify the importance of addressing New Jersey’s water infrastructure crisis, explore national models for innovative solutions, and celebrate the work of Jersey Water Works and its members


Student Research Position

The Water Center at Penn is announcing a paid graduate student research position to work on a funded project. This position can involve up to 100 hours of time commitment and will start on or around December 1, 2020. Through this position, the students will have the opportunity to interact with Water Center staff as well as project related stakeholders and partner organizations. 

Deadline: November 1, 2020

Wastewater: A New Hope for War Against the Pandemic?

Wastewater: A New Hope for War Against the Pandemic?

By Swati Hegde

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), most commonly known as the novel coronavirus has already taken a death toll of more than 100,000 in the United States with the number of infections approaching 2 million people.

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