The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding over $3.9 million to the University of Texas at Austin (UT), to develop a center for sustainable water infrastructure modeling research.
“Cities around the country are struggling to manage flooding and pollution from stormwater runoff, and climate change is making things even more urgent,” said regional administrator Ron Curry. “UT will help develop sustainable solutions to 21st century water problems, while working with communities and coders to promote green infrastructure.”
The Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management will use open source water infrastructure models while sharing green infrastructure tools and research with local communities and stakeholders. The center will also be open to the public, allowing for community engagement with individuals interested in water infrastructure modeling.
EPA and UT announced the project at an event in Austin held to raise awareness of water issues and potential solutions in the United States. Water research provides the science and tools necessary to ensure water quality and availability while protecting human, ecosystem health and effects of climate change.
Climate change is changing our assumptions about water resources. As climate change warms the atmosphere, altering the hydrologic cycle, changes to the amount, timing, form, and intensity of precipitation will continue. Other expected changes include the flow of water in watersheds, as well as the quality of aquatic and marine environments. These impacts are likely to affect the programs designed to protect water quality, public health, and safety.