December 13, 2007

RTI International Continues to Support National Watershed Protection Program

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Peter Ilieve
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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- RTI International has been awarded a contract to continue to provide technical support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Watershed Protection Program.

RTI is one of four companies awarded this five-year contract, which qualifies RTI scientists to compete for a range of research projects worth up to nearly $75 million that are designed to protect the nation's watersheds.

Under the National Watershed Protection Program contract, RTI will provide support to the EPA Office of Water's Assessment and Watershed Protection Division to monitor water quality, manage and display water quality information, assess water quality conditions and report on those conditions to the public and Congress.

RTI has supported this program and predecessor programs for 25 years. Under this program, RTI has synthesized information on major water sources from all states, territories and Native American groups to assess the water quality status of the nation's waters.

"States can use this opportunity to get an accurate assessment of their water quality and identify where improvements need to me made," said Peter Ilieve, program manager for RTI's Environment, Health, and Safety Division, and the project's director. "This project will help to establish source pollution controls and develop tools for ecosystem restoration that ultimately improve water quality in our nation's watersheds and water bodies."

RTI International offers extensive experience in a full range of technical, analytical, and logistical services and expertise in water resources, water quality, and watershed management. RTI's water resources and water quality research helps federal, state and local governments as well as international clients identify and assess point and nonpoint pollutant loadings to watersheds and target pollution control resources effectively.