EPA Recognizes Innovative Storm Water Projects

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EPA honors storm water retention system

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized 28 different wastewater treatment, water quality and storm water projects in the Performance and Innovation in the SRF Creating Environmental Success (PISCES) program funded by the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). Notably, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago received an honorable mention for the Cicero, Ill. Phosphorus Recovery System and the City of Waynesboro, Va. was recognized for the Wetland Stormwater Retention System project.

The MWRD utilized CWSRF funds for improvements to the Cicero, Ill. water reclamation plant by incorporating a phosphorus recovery system. The system harvests phosphorus from wastewater and transforms it into eco-friendly fertilizer. Overall, the system is more cost effective and helps to protect the Mississippi River Basin.

The Waynesboro Wetland Stormwater Retention System turned a vacant field into a wetland storm water retention system that protects the South River and Chesapeake Bay from polluted storm water runoff. The wetland is a Level 2 design that removes 75% of incoming phosphorus and 55% of nitrogen loads. The system was developed with terraced pools to retain the flow of excess storm water and native plants to help filter the runoff.

More information about all 28 programs recognized by the EPA in the PISCES program is available on the U.S. EPA website.

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