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Kerkez B.,University of Michigan | Gruden C.,University of Toledo | Lewis M.,Michigan Aerospace Corporation | Montestruque L.,EmNet, LLC | And 8 more authors.
Environmental Science and Technology | Year: 2016

Existing stormwater systems require significant investments to meet challenges imposed by climate change, rapid urbanization, and evolving regulations. There is an unprecedented opportunity to improve urban water quality by equipping stormwater systems with low-cost sensors and controllers. This will transform their operation from static to adaptive, permitting them to be instantly "redesigned" to respond to individual storms and evolving land uses. © 2016 American Chemical Society.

Jockers M.,Clean Water Services | Davis A.,Hibbitts and Midghall Inc.
Journal - American Water Works Association | Year: 2015

A business's name is its most valuable marketing tool, especially for public utilities that have limited marketing budgets. An organization's name should communicate what it does and what it cares about. After studying research and having conversations with key influencers and customers, the Unified Sewerage Agency became Clean Water Services in 2001. The name is more closely aligned with customer values and expectations, suggests a broader set of competencies, is more easily understood, and is focused on the future. Clean Water Services and DHM Research continue to work together to monitor changes in public opinion and to learn new information to inform communications development and stakeholder engagement in the agency's planning and decision-making. Through focus groups and surveys, Clean Water Services has learned more about values the public associates with water. Clean Water Services has used community engagement and strategic partnerships to position itself as a valuable member of the community that ?blends science and innovation with the power of Mother Nature to safeguard the river's health and vitality, ensure the economic success of the region, and protect public health.

Cochran B.,Clean Water Services | Logue C.,Department of Water Affairs
Journal of the American Water Resources Association | Year: 2011

Over the last five years, Clean Water Services developed and implemented a program to offset thermal load discharged from its wastewater facilities to the Tualatin River by planting trees to shade streams and augmenting summertime instream flows. The program has overcome challenges facing many of the nation's water quality trading programs to not only gain consensus on the frameworks needed to authorize trading, but also provide a broad range of ecosystem services. This paper compares the Tualatin case study with some of the commonly cited factors of successful trading programs. © 2010 American Water Resources Association.

Schauer P.,Clean Water Services
Water and Wastes Digest | Year: 2012

Challenge: An Oregon water utility hoped to increase its treatment capacity. Solution: By implementing nutrient recovery technology, the utility and its partner company reaped operational and financial benefits. Conclusion: Nutrient recovery proceses reduce pollution and costs, creating renewable forms of finite natural resources.

Britton A.,Ostara Inc. | Baur R.O.B.,Clean Water Services
Journal / American Water Works Association | Year: 2010

Several agencies and companies in the US continued to make significant efforts to to deal with the challenge of declining quantities of phosphorus in wastewater treatment processes. Clean Water Services (CWS), a water resource management utility from Oregon, established the first commercial facility in the country in June 2009. It incorporated Pearl® nutrient recovery process technology from Ostara, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, to address this issue. The company used this new technology at its Durham Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility (DAWTF) to help meet tight phosphorus discharge regulations. The Pearl nutrient recovery process was based on a proprietary fluidized bed reactor in which magnesium was bed reactor in which magnesium liquor to precipitate struvite under a controlled chemical reaction. The joint effort of between these companies was also able to generate 300 tons of struvite, representing 76,000 pounds of phosphorus and 34,000 pounds of ammonia recovered from the system.

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