Katrina Mendrey, a full-time master’s student with the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS), has just been awarded a $2,000 fellowship through the Washington Section of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA).

Katrina Mendrey
Mendrey canoeing on Lake Sawyer with her dog Jude.

Mendrey began her master’s program in January 2012 with her faculty advisor, Professor Sally Brown, and the AWRA fellowship will assist her research into ways of limiting phosphorus leaching from soils used in rain gardens.

The end goal is to develop a simple method that can be used by soil producers to ensure the soils they make for in situ stormwater management will not contribute to eutrophication—a phenomenon causing large losses in aquatic life when algae blooms fueled by nutrients begin to decompose using up available oxygen. Such a method would allow for a greater variety of composts to be used in rain gardens, broadening the market for these local resources while enhancing the potential for such soils to protect aquatic ecosystems from both urban runoff and nutrient overloads.

Mendrey will formally receive the award at an event this January.

Congratulations, Katrina, and good luck with your research!

Photo © Katrina Mendrey.