Fig. 1: Man-Made Waste leading to a Fish Kill
From Wikipedia, Environmental engineering is the application of science and engineering principles to improving the environment (air, water, and/or land resources), to provide clean water, air and land for human habitation and for other organisms, and to investigate the possibilities for remediation of polluted sites. Negative environmental effects can be decreased and controlled through public education, conservation, regulations, and the application of good engineering practices.
Many see Environmental Engineers as a specialized branch of Water Resources. Although certain topics the cover such as air quality, and municipal solid waste do fall outside of the Water Resources field many topics such as wastewater treatment, and water treatment can be seen as part of Water Resources.
Environmental Engineers typically work with the following topics:
Famous Environmental Engineers include:
- Ellen Richards - The "mother" of Environmental Engineering.
- Abel Wolman - The pioneer of modern sanitary engineering. Also standardized methods to chlorinate drinking water.
- Paul V. Roberts - A pioneer in applying fundamental principles of mass transport and chemistry to engineered environmental systems.
- Joseph Bazalgette - Created the sewer network for Central London.
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