Purdue Water Community


Discovery - Overview

The Purdue Water Community synergizes existing expertise to address high priority water and related environmental health issues. The Community serves as an intellectual home for faculty, students, and staff interested in understanding and addressing a wide range of water-related issues from fish habitats to water resource management; from pollutant transport to stream restoration; and from climate change to public health impacts of water quality.

Goals of the community include synergizing existing expertise to address high priority water issues. Research themes identified by the community include:

  • Great Lakes/Inland Lakes
  • Wabash River
  • Agricultural Runoff and Hypoxia
  • Water Infrastructure
  • Water Sustainability
  • Climate Change
  • Public Health Impacts
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The PWC is currently developing a strategic plan, and participates within the Purdue Global Sustainability Initiative in Discovery Park alongside the centers of EnvironmentEnergy, and Climate Change.

For more information please contact the leadership team:

Primary Contact: Chip Blatchley, Civil Engineering

Leadership Team:
Chip Blatchley, Civil Engineering, (765.494.0316)
Jane Frankenberger, Agricultural & Biological Engineering (765.494.1194)
Tomas Hook, Forestry & Natural Resources, (765.496.6799)


About the Purdue Water Community

The Purdue Water Community facilitates water-related research, teaching, and engagement to improve and sustain human and ecosystem health. Everyone in the Purdue community who works on water-related research or education is welcome to participate by joining the Water Community.

Project Highlight


Inland Lakes Project
This project focuses on research efforts to improve the ability of managers and stakeholders to anticipate how potential management decisions and natural dynamics influence physical, chemical and biological characteristics of lakes. 
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Purdue Water Community
Gerald D. and Edna E. Mann Hall
203 S. Martin Jischke Drive, Suite 105
West Lafayette, IN 47907

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