EPA, UMass-Amherst, and HINU Team Up

May 4th, 2012 | By | Category: 23-4: Investing in Education, Empowering Tribal Communities, Tribal College News
By Carole A. Bonga Tomlinson, Ph.D.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass-Amherst) support for its project, “Use of Ferrate in Small Drinking Water Treatment Systems,” under the agency’s Research and Demonstration of Innovative Drinking Water Treatment Technologies in Small Systems grant.

Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU, Lawrence, KS) will play a role in this grant, and four HINU students will be supported for eight summer weeks in both 2012 and 2013 to collect water samples from the Kansas Kickapoo and Prairie Band Potawatomi Nations. The water will be analyzed before and after treatment in a system to be set up in a Pontiac Hall laboratory.

The project provides HINU students working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science the opportunity to participate in research involving water analysis, microbiology, chemistry, and environmental engineering. Environmental science students will also become acquainted with environmental issues unique to the plains of Kansas, while interacting with tribal environmental office staff as well as faculty and students working at a major research university in the Northeast woodland region.

The grant’s principal investigator is Professor David Reckhow of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UMass-Amherst; he will be supported by HINU biology instructor Carole Tomlinson. The three-year, $500,000 EPA grant began in December 2011.

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