Institute At UNH Awards $3.1
Million To Develop Technology For Coastal Management
Contact: Dolores Leonard
CICEET and CINEMAR
July 11, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. -- The Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine
Environmental Technology (CICEET) has awarded $3,182,826 to fund
12 environmental technology development projects for FY 2005. A
partnership of the University of New Hampshire and the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, CICEET fosters the development
of tools for clean water and healthy coastal habitats nationwide.
CICEET was established in 1997 with the support of U.S. Sen. Judd
“We are extremely pleased with the scientific caliber and
high potential for application that these projects represent,”
says Richard Langan, CICEET’s UNH co-director. “Coastal
development is on the rise, and communities need the right technologies
to manage and preserve the natural resources that make coastal living
Each of the environmental technology development projects funded
by CICEET addresses a priority coastal management question. How,
for example, can we improve the speed and efficiency of testing
for harmful algal blooms such as red tide? How can we improve our
stormwater and wastewater management to preserve water quality?
Are there safer and more effective ways of treating contaminated
sediments in coastal waters and estuaries?
The research will take place at National Estuarine Research Reserve
System (NERRS) sites in Maine, California, Florida, Alabama, Rhode
Island, New York, Maryland, and Virginia. At New Hampshire’s
Great Bay NERRS, CICEET has funded 46 projects exploring topics
such as microbial and toxic chemical contamination, habitat loss
and restoration, stormwater management, and nutrient pollution.
“The NERRS system encompasses more than 1,000,000 acres of
diverse, estuarine habitat around the U.S.,” says Dwight Trueblood,
CICEET’s NOAA Co-Director. “Each site presents a unique
opportunity for researchers to work on coastal management problems
particular to that region.”
The environmental technology development projects were selected
through an independent peer-reviewed competitive process. CICEET’s
Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2006 projects will be released in
If you would like to learn more about these projects, please visit
CICEET online at http://ciceet.unh.edu/news/releases/etdRelease.html.
Editors: A high-resolution photo to accompany this news release
is available to download at http://www.unh.edu/news/img/ciceet/surfin_nh.jpg.
Cutline: Surfing is one of many recreational activities that people
enjoy along New Hampshire’s short coast. CICEET-sponsored
research develops technology to help managers balance current use
with the long-term preservation of coastal resources.