People and Places

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Offers a directory of research personnel working in the areas of ecology, environmental engineering, fishery biology, hydrology, and range conservation.

Safe Drinking Water Hotline

Environmental Protection Agency.

"Provides the general public, regulators, medical and water professionals, academia, and media, with information about drinking water and ground water programs authorized under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The Hotline responds to factual questions in the following program areas:

  • Local drinking water quality
  • Drinking water standards
  • Public drinking water systems
  • Source water protection
  • Large capacity residential septic systems
  • Commercial, and industrial septic systems
  • Injection wells
  • Drainage wells

There is a list of frequently asked questions you can review. You can submit your question via the Web site, by telephone, or mail.

Ask a Water Question

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Virginia Water Resources Research Center.

Provides access to Virginia Tech's database of experts, as well as a listing of water hotlines and other information sources.

Experts List

EPA. Region 5.

Experts from the environmental agency's Region 5, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and 35 Tribes, answer questions within their region.


DOI. United States Geological Survey.

Answers questions about groundwater, lakes, rivers as well as volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains, rocks, and maps. See the site for terms of use.

Ask the Bay Experts

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

Provides answers to frequently asked questions about the Chesapeake Bay and a way to submit new requests for information. Questions are answered by "experts in many diverse fields of Bay issues including wetlands, pollution, watershed management, shad restoration, fish passage, fisheries, lawn care for Bay repair, blue crabs, monitoring, SAV and more. They work in a variety of academic institutions, non-profit organizations, federal/state government in the Bay watershed and Bay-related businesses."


University of Hawaii. Department of Geology and Geophysics.

Will answer questions on hydrology and the environment (and other topics). Check the site for terms of use. There's also a list of previously asked questions and answers.

Faculty Expertise Database

Pennsylvania State University. Institutes of the Environment.

Finds experts in water resources and other environmental fields.

Water Experts in Minnesota

University of Minnesota. Water Resources Center.

A listing of Water Resources Science faculty, by area of emphasis, at the University of Minnesota.

University of Arizona Water Expertise Directory

University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center.

A database of experts in various water fields from Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona.

Directory of SSC Specialist Groups

IUCN. Species Survival Commission

Contact information for animal and plant conservation experts browsable through extensive, taxa-based directory; includes fisheries experts.

Ecosystem Services Experts Directory

The World Resources Institute

This directory "enables users to search for country-specific experts in a wide range of ecosystem disciplines. It includes hundreds of expert profiles from environmental organizations around the world, including the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Ecological Society of America, and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment's Sub-Global Working Groups."

Manure Experts List

Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center.

A listing of cooperative extension experts in manure nutrient management, manure storage and handling, manure treatment technologies, etc., including water quality protection aspects.