Tag Archives: Wetlands

Leaders Share Water Sector Insights in WEF Podcasts

March 23, 2019

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) “Words on Water” podcast series presents insights from leaders in the water sector. Stream online podcast episodes and download audio files on iTunes and the Android Words on Water app. In recent episodes: Mark Schleifstein, environmental reporter for The Times-Picayune (New Orleans), discusses several issues he has covered […]

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Teams from Thailand and Mexico Take Home International SJWP Awards

October 19, 2016

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The team of students from Thailand — from left, students Thidarat Phianchat, Kanjana Komkla and Sureeporn Triphetprapa — received the international 2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize from Prince Carl Philip of Sweden. Photo courtesy of the Jonas Borg, Stockholm International Water Institute.

Taking inspiration from a flowering plant, a team of students from Thailand created a device that retains stormwater and can help irrigation. During World Water Week, Sureeporn Triphetprapa, Thidarat Phianchat, and Kanjana Komkla stepped onto the stage to receive the international 2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP). Thailand team puts research to work for farmers […]

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WaterHub Reclaims Wastewater for Reuse at Emory University

May 28, 2015

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Emory University (Atlanta) has opened the doors to the WaterHub™, an ecological treatment facility that reclaims campus wastewater for nonpotable reuse. Photo courtesy of David Fisher, Emory University.

As sustainable water management increasingly becomes important for the metro-Atlanta region, Emory University  (Atlanta) is stepping up as a technological pioneer and community leader in that city. University embodies sustainability The region struggles with drought, legal disputes over water supply, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency consent decrees on water quality. So the university opened the […]

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Enjoying Sun, Sand, and Septic Tanks

March 13, 2015

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Graduate students, including from left, Ryan Slabach Brubaker, Moises Bobadilla, Chris Sidney, Sam Consolvo, Nicole Abramson, and Sima Azarani, were tasked with assessing the current and potential threats to Punta Cana’s potable water system. Photo courtesy of Robbie Grover.

Virginia Tech grad students study water quality in the Dominican Republic and help plant the seeds of wastewater infrastructure   When the average twenty-something travels to the Caribbean during the summer, they do it to enjoy the sun, sand, and all the excitement island life has to offer. But between 2011 and 2013, graduate students […]

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Deciding on a Natural, Cheaper Way

October 22, 2014

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According to the TRWD website, the reuse project was the first of its kind in the United States. The wetlands now encompass 809 ha (2000 ac) and consists of a series of sedimentation ponds and wetland cells that naturally treat water diverted from the Trinity River. Photo courtesy of Tarrant Regional Water District.

Texas water district builds a wetland to supply residents with a water supply and serve as a wildlife sanctuary   In the 1990s, the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD; Fort Worth, Texas) projected that by 2015 it would need additional capacity for its reservoir due to expected population growth, said Darrel Andrews, assistant director of […]

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Free WEF Education Tool

June 27, 2014

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The Water Sourcebook

Teachers and water quality professionals can order a free comprehensive guide to teaching students about the importance of preserving and enhancing water resources. The Water Sourcebook CD-ROM K–12 includes chapters on drinking water, wastewater treatment, groundwater, surface water, and wetlands. It includes various hands-on activities about water quality and quantity issues. Order the CD-ROM and […]

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Fishing Out Phosphorus

July 16, 2012


This floating treatment wetland (FTW) on Fish Fry Lake in Shepherd, Mont., features a wood structure for recreation a metal structure to house the island’s aerators. Photo courtesy of Floating Island International Inc. (Shepherd). Click for larger image.

Floating treatment wetlands turn phosphorus into harvestable fish Researchers at Floating Island International (FII) in Shepherd, Mont., an agricultural region, are fishing nonpoint source nutrients out of 2.6-ha (6.5-ac) Fish Fry Lake. Bruce Kania, FII project development director, uses rod and reel to maintain floating treatment wetlands (FTWs) in the lake. Fishing is all part […]

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