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About the National Environmental Services Center

When people find themselves in a difficult situation, they often turn to a trusted advisor for help. And when the situation is related to water or wastewater, many turn to the National Environmental Services Center (NESC) for reliable information.

NESC Celebrates 30 Years

Over the last 30 years, we've helped thousands of communities find solutions to their environmental problems. We've also helped thousands of individuals learn more about environmental issues that impact the places they call home.

NESC exists to assist small and rural communities with their drinking water, wastewater, environmental training, solid waste, infrastructure security, and utility management needs and to help them find solutions to problems they face. Our staff of environmental specialists, engineers, certified operators, technical writers, editors, and trainers understand the latest technologies, regulations, and industry developments.

NESC offers:

At NESC, we believe that you can't do the job correctly without the right tools and that knowledge is the most important tool of all.

About Our Initiatives

The Water We Drink: Small Community Outreach Campaign - This project offers free articles and educational resources about maintaining safe, sustainable, and secure water supplies in small and rural communities. This outreach campaign is a joint effort by the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) and the National Environmental Services Center (NESC) to provide information and increase awareness about crucial water issues, especially for rural and small community decision-makers and water and wastewater board members.

State Onsite Regulators Alliance and Captains of Industry Conference (SORA/COI©) Visit the SORA/COI Conference Website
Formerly State Onsite Regulators Alliance (SORA) - This annual conference serves as a mechanism to enhance interdisciplinary dialogue and advance knowledge of those responsible for applying quality research into engineering issues affecting public health and promoting the decentralized wastewater industry as a viable option for water infrastructure. It is a gathering of state, tribal, and U.S. territorial officials charged with regulating onsite and decentralized wastewater treatment. Hosted by NESC, the event is primarily funded by the National Research Center for Coal & Energy (NRCCE) at West Virginia University (WVU), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Rural Development Rural Utilities Service.

Smart About Water logoSMART About Water - Funded by a $3 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), SMART About Water is being orchestrated by West Virginia University's National Environmental Services Center (NESC) in partnership with the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP). The program is called SMART About Water, for Strategic Management and Available Resources and Technology. The program provides training and technical assistance about source water and wellhead protection planning to small and rural communities, focusing on untreated wastewater from failing septic and sewer systems, the largest contributor to water quality degradation.

EPA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU):
Partners for Decentralized Wastewater Management Programs
- In 2005, West Virginia University's NESC and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with seven other national organizations, launched an initiative to improve septic systems across the country and reduce pollution in the nation's waterways. At a November 19, 2008 signing ceremony in Washington D.C., the initial partnership was renewed and eight new organizations joined the effort.

WVU Photo of Evansdale Campus
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Our Location

NESC is based at West Virginia University (WVU), one of the nation's major research institutions. WVU is located in Morgantown, West Virginia, 75 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. NESC is housed in the National Research Center for Coal & Energy (NRCCE) Building on WVU's Evansdale Campus.

Get directions to our building or call (304) 293-2867.

West Virginia University (WVU) recognizes that diversity enriches the institution and the society it serves. The University is committed to social justice and to practicing the principles of equality of opportunity and affirmative action.

WVU's special responsibility is to seek out, challenge, educate, and help create opportunities for those West Virginia citizens who can benefit from its programs, especially those who have demonstrated high achievement or who possess excellent potential.