Dr. George Fu Awarded Grant to Study Roadway Runoff Impacts
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) awarded a $255,300 grant to Dr. George Fu, professor of Civil Engineering and Construction, to study “Roadway Runoff Impacts to Trout Streams Studies for MS4 Permit.” This two-year project from the Georgia Transportation Institute’s RTAG program will investigate the runoff impacts of water temperature and dissolved oxygen to trout streams in North Georgia. The findings from this research project will determine whether roadway runoff has any impacts on water temperature and dissolved oxygen in trout streams as required by Georgia Rule 391-3-6.03 Designated Uses and Water Quality Standards, with the goal of preserving the recreational and commercial benefits associated with maintaining trout populations in North Georgia. MS4, or Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System, permits are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stormwater regulations.
Dr. George Fu, professor in the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing at Georgia Southern University, has worked in water and environmental engineering for over 30 years, with research interests focusing mainly on water and wastewater treatment processes. Dr. Fu founded and directs the Water and Environmental Research Lab (WERL) at Georgia Southern. In addition to his work as a teacher-scholar, Dr. Fu has over ten years of professional engineering experience in well-known national and international consulting companies such as AECOM and SNC-Lavalin as an environmental and project engineer.
The Georgia Transportation Institute was established in 1998 to coordinate and act as a focal point for transportation research in the state of Georgia. The member institutions include the Georgia Institute of Technology, Albany State University, Clark Atlanta University, Emory University, Georgia State University, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, Mercer University, Savannah State University, the University of Georgia, and the University of West Georgia. Researchers affiliated with GTI are active in research on a broad range of topics including policy and planning, environmental issues, transportation technology, transportation infrastructure, and traffic operations.
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