Since 2017, our team has maintained a large database of water quality, air quality, human health, land cover and hydrological indicators.

We employ sophisticated mapping and empirical techniques to locate pollution hotspots that may present a public health concern.

Our top priority is to better understand how rural residents protect themselves from environmental exposures, the role that public infrastructure and natural infrastructure play in mediating these health outcomes and identifying areas that should be targeted for conservation, reconstruction or infrastructure expansion.

We then use our findings to communicate risks to rural residents who may be vulnerable to airborne and waterborne pollutants.


East Carolina University representation at the 2019 Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) Annual Conference (March 21, 2019).

East Carolina University representation at the 2019 Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) Annual Conference (March 21, 2019).


Our Mission

To serve rural North Carolina populations by monitoring air and water quality trends, predicting threats to human health and education and communicating these risks in an accessible and effective way that promotes water quality testing and self-protection against contaminants.


What We've Achieved So far

  • 500+ digitized private groundwater well records, specifications and associated aquifers

  • 2 million+ digitized birth outcomes

  • 100,000+ digitized bacterial private well tests

  • 500,000+ digitized inorganic chemistry private well tests

  • Financial support for over 15 researchers spanning the social and natural sciences, planning and graphic design

  • Tax records data for over 500,000 homes

  • A hydrological model linking all rural homes with upstream contaminant sources