Texas Tech Law Professor Unveils Website Dedicated to Freshwater Micropollutants
May 18, 2010
As clean, abundant water resources dwindle across the United States, it is important
to understand the human impact on water supplies.
Gabriel Eckstein, director of the Texas Tech University Center for Water Law and
Policy Center and George McCleskey Chair in Water Law at the Texas Tech School of
Law, unveiled the Micropollutants Clearinghouse website
, one component of a three-year, EPA-funded study looking at pharmaceuticals, personal
care products and other micropollutants in freshwater systems, focusing on the ongoing
law and policy analysis.
He introduced the website while presenting at “Symposium on Land-Based Threats to
Waters: Recent Trends, from Nutrients to Pharmaceuticals” May 13 in Washington, D.C.
The website is a publically accessible research resource on the legal, regulatory,
institutional, policy and related scientific aspects of pharmaceuticals, personal
care products and other micropollutants in freshwater systems, and contains a dynamic
and robust database of documents, reports, information, analyses, articles and other
“The long-term objective of the Micropollutant Clearinghouse project is to continue
building on the existing knowledge of information and to expand the contents available
in the clearinghouse on this important topic,” Eckstein said. “This is critical for
developing and evaluating water laws, regulatory actions and policies relevant to
the presence and effects of micropollutants in freshwater systems.”
The EPA project, which is in the final stages, has three components – development
of the online clearinghouse of information; field study in Lubbock, Texas, looking
at micropollutants coming out of Lubbock’s wastewater treatment process; and, law
and policy analysis related to micropollutants in freshwater systems.
CONTACT: Susan Saab Fortney, associate dean for research, Texas Tech University School of Law,
(806) 742-3990 ext. 233, or firstname.lastname@example.org.