Water quantity and quality are crucial to ecological and community health. The Center for Public Engagement with Science works with researchers and communities to develop programs and materials that help North Carolinians protect and improve their water resources.  We conduct a variety of water-related outreach and education activities for communities, local organizations, and government agencies throughout the state.


Drinking Water

More than 2.3 million people in North Carolina use a private well as their primary drinking water source. Since 2009, the UNC Superfund Research Program Research Translation Core has partnered with several state agencies to map the distribution of groundwater contaminants in NC and create an online resource for well owners interested in learning more about well maintenance, well-testing, and how to understand the results.

HAZMAT team, coolecting dangerous materials, working with pump.

Hazardous Waste Sites

We improve scientific and public understanding of how toxic chemicals harm human health and how to reduce exposure to those chemicals through research translation and community engagement activities as part of the UNC Superfund Research Program (SRP).


Nutrient Management Study

As part of this Jordan Lake Nutrient Management Study, the Center for Public Engagement with Science has worked to conduct engagement and outreach to communities and a range of stakeholders in the Jordan Lake watershed.


ERP_teacher developmentProfessional Development

We provide K-12 teachers and other professionals with a wide range of professional development opportunities to enable them to investigate water quality and water resource related issues with their students.


ERP_stormdrainStormwater Management

We work closely with the Town of Chapel Hill’s Stormwater Management Division to educate businesses and individuals about the impacts of stormwater pollution on our local streams, rivers and lakes. We conduct watershed training workshops, provide technical and organizational support to local watershed organizations, and have developed outreach materials to help local businesses reduce stormwater pollution.

ERP_stream sampleWatershed Stewardship

The Center for Public Engagement with Science, along with its partners, has developed a statewide watershed stewardship network to foster collaboration, cross-training, partnerships and local watershed stewardship capacity in North Carolina.