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Impacts of this grant

Impact on students by the numbers:

  • Number of MS Students Funded – 4
  • Number of MS Students Graduated – 2
  • Number of USDA Interns Hired – 8
  • Number of Student Field/Training Days –
  • Number of Professional Development Opportunities for Students – 2
  • Number of Students Completing Course – 14 (12 at ASU, 2 at MCC)

MS Student Projects

  • Noah Rudko (MS Student) – Modeling overflow and seepage to groundwater from manure lagoons. Advisors: Muenich; Williams
  • Emily Crowder (MS student) – Microbial populations in ponded wastewater sediments. Advisors: Conroy-Ben; Williams
  • Billy Krukowski (MS student) – Review of the Quantitative Tradeoffs of Using Organic Residuals in Arid Agriculture. Advisors: Muenich; Williams
  • Junpei Hara (MS Civil Engineering 2019) – Antibiotic resistance in tertiary treated wastewater. Advisor: Conroy-Ben

Student Intern Projects


  • Marie Bear (undergraduate) – Development of a stakeholder-driven water usage estimator for Verde Valley agriculture; Advisors: Muenich, Williams
  • Emma Bonham (undergraduate) – Comparison of water used in backyard gardens and mesic landscaping; Advisors: Muenich, Williams
  • Samantha Stone (undergraduate) – Comparison of water used in backyard gardens and mesic landscaping; Advisors: Muenich, Williams



  1. Conroy-Ben, O. and Crowder, E., 2020. Unregulated and Emerging Contaminants in Tribal Water. Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education, (169), pp.92-100.


  1. Williams C, Muenich R, Conroy-Ben O. Competitive Sorption of Pharmaceuticals to Soil. ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Meeting, San Antonio, TX, Nov. 10-13, 2019.
  2. Muenich RL. Quantifying urban and agricultural connections over space and time. Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors, Tempe, AZ, May 14-16, 2019.
  3. Muenich, Rebecca, Otakuye Conroy-Ben, Clinton Williams, and Peter Conden. The nexus of agricultural and urban trade-offs: Enhancing interdisciplinary education and research to create emerging opportunities in urban agriculture. Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, Tempe, AZ, Jan. 11, 2019.

Impact on stakeholder communities by the numbers

  • Number of Stakeholder Advisory Board Members18
  • Number of Advisory Board Meetings – 2
  • Number of Engagement Events – 1 (more than 115 impacted)
  • Number of Student-Run Webinars – forthcoming
  • Number of Outreach Activities – 2


Grants Submitted to USDA from ASU after Project Activities – 6