Salt Contamination of Drinking Water is a growing threat at home and globally

April 30, 2023

Drought, sea level rise, watershed and port & harbor engineering, and changes in land-use are increasingly threatening fresh water supplies in coastal regions due to increasing risk of salinization. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Professor Ming Li is leading an interdisciplinary team of researchers and stakeholders to assess the risks of salt contamination of water supplies in tidal rivers, synthesize the current understanding and identify knowledge gaps.

A better understanding of climatic and anthropogenic factors threatening healthy water supplies will be valuable to bolstering the resilience of water infrastructure and protecting public health.

A series of virtual web panels and an in-person workshop will be organized to assess the science on this emerging topic. The first panel discussion focusing on the salt contamination of water supplies in the Chesapeake Bay region will be held at 1-2.30 pm on 27 June 2023. This project will bring together national and international communities of diverse researchers working on the interdisciplinary aspects of salt contamination of water supplies in tidal rivers.

To learn more, meet the scientific leaders and register for web panels go here