Sludgy science: Student recovers nutrients from wastewater for Research Symposium project

Read the full story from Illinois State University.

Nutrient pollution is one of the most widespread, costly, and challenging environmental problems facing the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Elevated levels of nutrients in water harm aquatic life and impact public health.

Senior Illinois State University environmental health and sustainability major Rowan Carroll is addressing the widespread issue through a process she’s developed that not only removes nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater but also creates a fertilizer for agricultural use.

2020-2021 Undergraduate Research Support winner, Carroll presented her research project “Recovering Nutrients from Wastewater” during Illinois State’s annual University Research Symposium.

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