Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 20 - February 16, 1995
Clifford W. Randall, the Charles P. Lunsford professor of civil engineering at Virginia Tech, has received the Governor's Salute to Excellence from the State of Maryland. Gov. W. Donald Schaefer issued the certificate as a tribute to Randall's "dedicated efforts to protect and improve the Chesapeake Bay."
Since the early 1970s, Randall has conducted much of the leading research on the pollution of the bay by nutrients-phosphorus and nitrogen-from wastewater treatment plants and other sources. Randall's research findings have been instrumental in reducing phosphorus loading from treatment plants to the bay by 40 percent.
Currently, Randall is attempting to find efficient and economical methods of nitrogen reduction. Nitrogen is more difficult to control than phosphorus because it enters the bay in runoff from a variety of sources, including croplands and urban areas.