Water Quality Restoration

‘We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one’.-Jacques Yves Cousteau

As part of an organization that has preserved over 7 million acres of land and water, The Freshwater Institute is proud to do its part in the search for solutions to today’s environmental challenges. One key area the institute targets in its research and consulting efforts is water quality restoration. Attention grabbing headlines about the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico, harmful algal blooms in our Great Lakes, and reduced catches of the iconic Chesapeake Bay blue crab signify a level of urgency requiring new and improved strategies to address nutrient pollution and degraded water quality.

In our role at The Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute, we contribute to solutions to these and other problems by providing research and engineering design services for technologies and practices that not only lessen the impact humanity has on our natural aquatic resources, but improve our ability to function in agriculture, aquaculture and life. To learn more about our work, please visit the webpages below.

Woodchip Bioreactor Research and Consulting

Bioreactor page-David Donohue-150x150At The Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute, we have invested significant effort into research on the engineering-based design of enhanced-denitrification bioreactors, or “woodchip bioreactors”, to reduce point and non-point sources of nitrate from multiple types of agriculture and industry. On the research front,… more >>

Denitrification Technologies

FI WRP DN-Whitney Flanagan-150x150At The Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute, we have a major interest in denitrification technologies that reduce nitrate pollution in agricultural and aquacultural waters. Denitrification is the microbially-mediated reduction of nitrate to dinitrogen gas; more simply,… more >>