External Opportunity Program: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)
Program Area: Environmental Restoration
Objective of Proposed Work:
The objective of this Statement of Need (SON) is to improve management of impacted stormwater emanating from Department of Defense (DOD) facilities adjacent to waterways. The primary concern is the management of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS)-impacted runoff or infiltration to groundwater from historic aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) use. Specific objectives include:
- Develop cost-effective active treatment technologies to treat chemicals of concern (COCS) in stormwater that will effectively handle varying flows and complex stormwater mixtures of varying dissolved organic carbon (DOC) content.
- Develop passive treatment technologies that will remove COCs from stormwater and can accommodate variable flows (base and peak flow of a 2-year storm). Of particular interest are technologies that are designed to function in place over the long term with minimal maintenance, as well as allow for efficient and safe replacement of passive media.
- Develop innovative stormwater control and treatment technologies that improve stormwater management through prevention of sediment recontamination and addition to the existing water supply.
- Methods for assessing and determining background PFAS concentrations in discharge waters at DoD facilities.
Proposals may address one or more of the objectives. Research proposals can involve laboratory-, bench-, and/or field-scale studies. All proposals will be closely evaluated as to how the research may ultimately be used to improve stormwater management. Proposers should clearly state the PFAS that will be addressed. Other COCs may be included for study, but the rationale for additional COCs must be provided and such proposals should address PFAS and the additional COCs. Proposers should clearly delineate how new technologies differ and improve upon current practices.