CNU's President Paul Trible stated: "The University is excited to have this opportunity to address an important environmental concern of our region while educating students. Moreover, this project will further connect our students to the community and provide important opportunities for service learning and leadership."
Newport News Mayor Joe Frank said: "I am proud that the City’s Engineering Department has joined with Christopher Newport University, the Newport News Public Schools, Hampton Roads STORM, and the National Science Foundation in this exciting initiative to develop our students' environmental science skills and knowledge while creating extensive new data sources that will help our entire community better understand how we affect water quality in the Chesapeake Bay."
Ashby C. Kilgore, Superintendent of Newport News Public Schools, said "The partnership between Christopher Newport University and Newport News Public Schools will prepare our students to meet the challenges of the 21st century. This initiative will give our students hands-on environmental science skills and knowledge, making them better stewards of our community."
Dr. Gary Whiting, the project leader at CNU noted: "We hope that this project will be just the beginning of a future where the collaborative integration of science, education, government, private organizations and community will become the means of solving the complex problems we face as a society."