About Us

A Message From the Director

Welcome to the Pittsburgh Collaboratory for Water Research, Education, and Outreach.  

As the Pittsburgh region evolves to re-emerge as a national leader in innovation and sustainability, the Collaboratory aims to unite researchers with communities, NGOs, water practitioners, and opinion leaders in the establishment of a new initiative dedicated to “Water”.  The Collaboratory, founded by a group of faculty in the Department of Geology & Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh, was launched in January 2018 with generous support from the Heinz Endowments. 

While we've been busy these past few months, we have a long way to go to address some of the serious water challenges that confront the Western Pennsylvania region from overflows of raw sewage into our streams and rivers, to the increasing frequency and intensity of flood-causing storms, to a legacy of industrial and energy extraction activities whose contaminants persist even today.  While Western Pennsylvania is a water-rich region, essential challenges remain as to how to best manage water resources in an area of high relief, steep slopes, aging infrastructure, and buried streams.  Through this effort, we hope to bring some of Pittsburgh best talent to the table to help resolve these pressing issues from across institutions in the region.  

In the coming months, our primary goal is to work with water practitioners and stakeholders to mutually identify research needs and knowledges gaps.  Through this process, we aim to create a research agenda that will guide future collaborative efforts and provide learners and students the opportunity to participate in socially relevant, impactful, and community-engaged research.

Please join us in this inclusive effort. 

Use the Contact Us form to let us know who you are and we'll be sure to keep you informed of upcoming events.


Emily M. Elliott
Director, Pittsburgh Collaboratory for Water Research, Education, and Outreach
Geology & Environmental Sciences University of Pittsburgh