Last week the US National Science Foundation, the NSF, awarded three RAPID research grants to Alabama, West Virginia, and Virginia researchers, including ourselves. Studies conducted using these grants will provide answers to the scientific questions plaguing West Virginia in the wake of the drinking water contamination incident. Each grant focuses on a different aspect of the incident:
- Dr. Andrew Whelton, University of South Alabama; contaminated water fate in affected plumbing systems and decontamination effectiveness
- Dr. Jennifer Weidhass, West Virginia University; fate of 4-MCHM in the environment and water treatment plant
- Dr. Andrea Dietrich, Virginia Tech; chemical properties and volatilization of 4-MCHM
Because the NSF funding we just received does not include a field drinking water sampling component (limited funds), we established a way for anyone to donate (501c-3, tax deductible) so that we can continue to help West Virginians.
Consider donating here: http://www.microryza.com/wvwatercrisis, $5, $100, or more
Your donation will help our engineering and science team to travel back to West Virginia and conduct additional in-home drinking water sampling. No State or Federal organization has conducted in-home drinking water testing despite declaring the water safe inside affected homes.
We will post all updates about our trip on the website so that you can how your donation is helping those affected. Thank you for considering to help us help those affected. A summary of our past actions in West Virginia can be found here.
Sincerely, Andy Whelton