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June 26, 2014

David Sedlak, Global Leader in the Study of Water Contaminants and Managing Urban Water, to Receive 2014 Clarke Prize

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The National Water Research Institute (NWRI), a United States nonprofit organization that sponsors projects and programs focused on ensuring safe, reliable sources of water now and for future generations, is pleased to announce that David Sedlak, Ph.D., civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of California, Berkeley, will be the twenty-first recipient of the NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research.

Consisting of a medallion and $50,000 award, the NWRI Clarke Prize is given out each year to recognize research accomplishments that solve real-world water problems and to highlight the importance and need to continue funding this type of research. Sedlak was selected as the 2014 recipient because of his pioneering research on advancing the way water resources and urban water infrastructure are managed, including implementing water reuse and reducing the discharge of emerging contaminants (such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products). His work has served as the foundation for major policy and technical initiatives to reduce the effects of these contaminants and protect public health.

More information about the Clarke Prize Conference and Award Ceremony can be found at and more information about NWRI can be found at



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