State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2011NE218B
Title: A Cost Effective Fixed Film Atrazine Treatment Utilizing Nitrate as a Nutrient
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2011
End Date: 2/29/2012
Congressional District: 1
Focus Categories: Water Quality, Treatment, Nitrate Contamination
Principal Investigators: Hosni, Ahmed (University of Nebraska Lincoln); Dahab, Mohamed (University of Nebraska)
Federal Funds: $ 19,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 40,523
Abstract: Extensive agricultural activity in Nebraska has led to the presence of both atrzaine and nitrates in ground water streams in high concentrations. Ground water present a very important water source to several Nebraska utilities. While contamination levels for both contaminants are at the acceptable levels, yet the regulations for maximum contaminant level concentrations are at continuous review. The current research investigates the anaerobic treatment of atrazine using nitrates as a nutrient in a scenario where ground water stream will be obstructed by a bio-wall utilizing mulch as a material for the substrate for fixed film growth.

Progress/Completion Report, 2011, PDF

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