Sampling water with microprocessors


The challenge: Reducing the cost of gathering and testing reliable samples from degraded waterways


The solution: Automated water samplers developed by National Academy of Engineering member James Pankow and his research team, a project in partnership with the U.S. Geological Service and the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Aquatic Resource Surveys program


Why it matters: The nation needs clean drinking water, and nature requires healthy streams to support healthy ecosystems. Careful monitoring is a must, especially in areas believed to be affected by agricultural pesticides. This automatic sampler saves time and money, ensuring that careful and extensive sampling studies can be carried out even as resources for such studies may decline.


Where it matters: Dr. Pankow’s water samplers have been deployed across the Midwest.

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