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Delaware gets $19 million for water research

January 14, 2019 11:15 AM | Kurt Foreman

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More than 90 percent of Delaware’s waterways are polluted, according to a Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control study cited by the University of Delaware’s Kent Messer. Now Messer is leading a massive research project seeking a solution to the state’s water woes — with the help of the National Science Foundation, that has awarded the effort $19 million over the next five years to fund the work.

The effort has been dubbed Project WICCED, which stands for Water in the Changing Coastal Environment of Delaware. A cooperative endeavor of the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Delaware Tech and Wesley College, Project WICCED will assess threats to the state’s water quality and develop technical and public policy solutions to those threats.

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