Water and Watersheds

Leadership in Water and Watershed Science and Policy

ESP faculty and students contribute to the effective management of water resources and aquatic ecosystems at local through global scales.  The presence of ESP’s Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) at the new Potomac Science Center serves as a regional nexus and catalyst for watershed science, policy and education.  The on-campus mesocosm facility enables understanding of wetland function and designs for wetland loss-mitigation.  In addition, researchers in ESP have supported this effort through source tracking of coliform bacteria and coral reef ecology studies.