Sri Vedachalam

Director of the Safe Drinking Water Research and Policy Program

Dr. Sridhar (Sri) Vedachalam’s responsibilities include completing a State of the Region Report funded by the US Geological Survey that examines water monitoring in the region, a new study of drinking water treatment costs on the Mississippi River, and ongoing research relating to safe drinking water.

He is author and co-author of numerous articles in scientific journals.  His expertise in environmental science, water quality, drinking water, and water infrastructure, and his academic training in science, engineering, and economics enable a holistic approach to critical water issues facing the region. His work on the Mohawk and Hudson River watersheds in New York addressed not just regional, but nationally relevant issues, such as affordability, aging infrastructure, extreme weather impacts, financing, and non-point source pollution. He has worked closely with community groups, and local and state agencies, and values these partnerships in dealing with the complex challenges facing the water sector.

During 2017 Dr. Vedachalam served as an Environmental Legislative Fellow in Congressman Matthew Cartwright’s House office.  Previously he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health from 2015 to 2016 and a Post-Doctoral Associate at the New York State Water Resources Institute at Cornell University from 2011 to 2015.

Dr. Vedachalam holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University (2011), a Master of Science in Agricultural, Environmental, and Developmental Economics (2010), and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (2007).

Dr. Sri Vedachalam can be contacted at 202-464-4005 or at