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Confluence and EPA Cincinnati

Confluence is the water technology innovation cluster covering southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana. Its purpose is to:
  • develop and commercialize innovative water technologies that solve environmental challenges, and
  • spur sustainable economic development in the region. 

Confluence builds on existing firms, intellectual capacity, and expertise to advance economic development and technology innovation. This grassroots organization was developed by a coalition of private and public sector leaders from the region with assistance and inspiration from EPA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Collaborative Research

As one of the largest federal water research and development laboratories in the United States, EPA Cincinnati generates innovative solutions that protect human health and the environment and present opportunities for private sector growth. Our rich infrastructure and innovative researchers are a technical anchor for Confluence and a national draw to the region.

EPA scientists have worked to collaborate on over 15 research projects since 2011.  These projects have involved small businesses, universities, water utilities, and more, and are designed to encourage the development of Confluence.

Some of these projects are laying the groundwork for more extensive future work, while others are creating and developing new and exciting technologies that will have a real impact on both the future of water and the economic development of the Cincinnati, Dayton, northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana region.

If you have a technology that could benefit from a research project like these, we invite you to learn more on our Start a Collaboration page.