WE&RF's National Research Center for Resource Recovery and Nutrient Management

The Research Center for Nutrient Management expands and integrates with WE&RF's ongoing nutrient research to find solutions for all major sources of nutrient pollution including urban runoff, agriculture, residential/decentralized systems, and centralized wastewater treatment plants. Its goal is to develop the science on source control, treatment optimization, and resource recovery to support sustainable nutrient management in the water environment. WE&RF hopes to provide communities with more cost-effective options to recover and reuse nutrients; ultimately, significantly reducing the amount of nutrients entering waterbodies.

Ongoing Research and Outcomes

Nutrient Recovery Through Urine Separation (STAR_N1R14)                                         
Development and Implementation of a Process Technology Toolbox for Sustainable Biological Nitrogen Removal Using Mainstream Deammonification (STAR_N2R14)
Manure Resource Recovery (STAR_N3R14)
Co-Digestion with Low-Cost Ammonia Stripping (STAR_N3R14A)
Enhanced Removal of Nutrients from Urban Runoff with Novel Unit-Process Capture, Treatment, and Recharge Systems (STAR_N4R14)


The University of California at Berkeley
Columbia University
The University of Michigan
Stanford University
The State University of New York at Buffalo
Washington State University
The University of Washington
The Water Research Foundation


News and Events

EPA SSWR Water Research Webinar
Systems View of Nutrient Management – Nutrient Recovery from Human Urine
December 14 (2-3 p.m. ET)

HRSD Press Event Video - WE&RF Recognized by EPA 

"Could Urine be the Perfect Fertilizer for your Garden?" - Nutrient Recovery Through Urine Separation Project Highlights (9/6/2015)

Rich Earth Institute Hosts Conference (8/5/2015)

EPA Awards Almost $9 Million in Grants to Researchers Working to Improve Water Quality (1/30/2014)

To learn more about how you can help locally with nutrient management, visit the U.S. EPA’s Nutrient Pollution website.