Columbia University Northern Plains Superfund Research Program

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Systems science, traditional knowledge and innovative technology to reduce hazardous metals in Native American communities

The Columbia University Northern Plains Partnership for the Superfund Research Program (CUNP-SRP) investigates the health effects, geochemistry, and remediation of arsenic (As) and uranium (U), with a particular focus on groundwater.  Hazardous metals in drinking water, which are common contaminants near Superfund sites and abandoned uranium mines, play a role in the high burden of heart disease and diabetes affecting rural communities in the US Northern Plains, including tribal communities. We have established the CUNP-SRP to generate new knowledge and advance technology to identify mechanisms and solutions to metal exposures using systems science and local knowledge. CUNP-SRP partnership and activities will lay the groundwork for effective interventions to reduce hazardous drinking water contamination affecting communities in the Northern Plains and near abandoned mines and Superfund sites.

Community Engagement

Missouri Breaks

Community engagement is central to the goals of the CNP-SRP. We, along with MBIRI, will partner with tribal communities affected by toxic exposures.

Missouri Breaks

Exposure Reduction

No tresspassing sign on a wire fence

Contamination with hazardous metals require novel mitigation strategies.

Project 5

Missouri Breaks Industries Research, Inc.

Missouri Break strong heart study

Partnering with tribal nations for more than 25 years.

Project 3

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