Water Quality

LSU’s College of the Coast & Environment, or CC&E, educates the next generation of environmental stewards while providing research to advance knowledge about the issues which impact water quality. Our renowned scientists use basic science approaches and tools such as modelling and remote sensing to study coastal and environmental issues and educate tomorrow’s workforce and leaders. One of our specialties is watershed issues, such as sediments, agricultural nutrients, toxic chemicals, pathogens, plastics and their sources.

Learning in the classroom and the natural environment, students explore topics such as sediment transport, deposition, microbial dynamics, and carbon and contaminant fluxes between sediments and the overlying water. The watershed also provides opportunities for students and scientists to gain insights on sediments and nutrients and their dynamics such as carbon cycling. Aquatic toxicology, microbial pathogens, harmful algal blooms and chemical pollution are studied to advance knowledge that is critical to maintaining a healthy environment for human and marine life, plants and the ecosystem.

CC&E also boasts expertise in pollution sources with research areas including biological assessments, nitrogen and phosphorus control, sewage treatment, chemical spill remediation, land use effects, algae, phytoplankton and more. In addition to studying pollutant types and sources, our college expertise extends to understanding ecosystem health and water quality issues. 

Research conducted by CC&E enables leaders to make informed decisions about developing best practices and policies regarding water quality. As major world deltas face similar problems to that of the Mississippi River delta, information and best practices are shared with other scientists around the globe. This exchange of faculty, students and information better equips leaders to address the scientific foundation critical to understanding these issues.