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The skills of environmental engineers are becoming increasingly important as we attempt to protect the fragile resources of our planet.

Environmental engineers translate physical, chemical and biological processes into systems to

  • destroy toxic substances
  •  remove pollutants from water
  •  reduce non-hazardous solid waste volumes
  •  eliminate contaminants from the air
  • develop groundwater supplies

In this field, you might be called upon to

  • resolve problems of providing safe drinking water
  • clean up sites contaminated with hazardous materials
  • clean up and prevent air pollution
  • treat wastewater
  • manage solid wastes

As a water resources engineer, you might be involved in the design, construction or maintenance of

  • hydroelectric power facilities
  •  canals
  •  dams
  •  pipelines
  •  pumping stations
  •  locks
  •  seaport facilities