Carnegie Mellon University
November 02, 2011

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon WaterQuest Center To Host Conference About State of Monongahela River

Contact: Chriss Swaney / 412-268-5776 /

Event: Researchers from Southwestern Pennsylvania will present information about water quality in the Monongahela River at Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems' (WaterQuest) second annual research symposium.

"For the past two years, my research team has been sampling the Monongahela River at drinking water plant intakes, and we've found higher than expected levels of bromide. Bromide facilitates formation of brominated trihalomethanes, also known as THMs, when it is exposed to disinfectant processes in water treatment plants," said Jeanne VanBriesen, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at CMU and director of WaterQuest. Studies show a link between ingestion of and exposure to THMs and several types of cancer.
VanBriesen will present her own research about the source of water pollution, and her graduate student, Jessica Wilson, will present results for THMs in water from the Monongahela River. Experts from government agencies like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University and California University, and drinking water utilities will unveil research involving water quality, fish populations and water issues, including taste and odor.
When: Symposium from 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.; press briefing at noon, Nov. 3.

Where: Singleton Room, Roberts Engineering Hall, off Frew Street, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213.