This Week in EPA Science

By Kacey Fitzpatrick

research_recap_250Will you be in the Washington D.C. area this weekend? Come join us as at the USA Science & Engineering Festival where we’ll be holding our People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) student design competition and National Sustainable Design Expo!

Not in the area but still need a science fix? Then check out the latest from EPA right here.

Citizen Science
This week, the White House announced the launch of The new hub provides information, resources, and tools for people looking to participate in citizen science and crowdsourcing projects. The site features a catalog of federally-supported citizen science and crowdsourcing projects across the country—17 of these are EPA projects. Read more about the initiative in this White House fact sheet.

Public Health and Environmental Protection
Last week was Public Health Week! From ongoing efforts to address climate change to the emerging concerns of the potential spread of the Zika virus, EPA scientists and engineers are working tirelessly to protect public health. To learn more about the role of EPA science in public health, read this message from Tom Burke, the Deputy Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development as well as Agency’s Science Advisor.

Water Security Test Bed
EPA built the Water Security Test Bed—a full-sized replica of a drinking water distribution system—to conduct real-world experiments regarding water security in the face of emergency situations and aging infrastructure. Over the next few years, EPA and it collaborators plan to run various experiments to ensure that if disaster strikes our water infrastructure systems we have the data and tools to protect our infrastructure and public health. Read more about it in the blog Water Security Test Bed: Real-World Testing of Real-World Systems Issues.

About the Author: Kacey Fitzpatrick is a student contractor and writer working with the science communication team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development.

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