Disruptive and game-changing approaches are needed to allow today’s wastewater treatment plant to evolve as a water resource recovery facility (WRRF) of the future. During a workshop at WEFTEC on Saturday, Samuel Jeyanayagam will explore the many uses of carbon at a WRRF including production of energy, volatile fatty acids for nutrient removal, and marketable chemicals.
CH2M's Mike Matichich and Mark Mittag discuss how collaborative funding builds new economic opportunities for the city of Detroit. The Detroit Future City Strategic Framework, highlighted in their blog, is an ambitious initiative aimed at creating vibrant, open spaces and thriving neighborhoods throughout the city of Detroit. Read the full blog to learn more about this exciting effort.
In today's Access Water blog, CH2Mer Mike Matichich shares the first in a series of white papers, released this week by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), as part of a study commissioned by the Ford Foundation to identify ways to accelerate implementation of High Road infrastructure projects. High Road projects are ones that address important community needs, such as transportation improvements and providing quality water and sewer service, while also providing important social benefits like creating meaningful jobs for local low-income residents and using local contractors.
Coastal communities are facing unprecedented challenges as populations continue to increase at unprecedented rates, and more people are moving to coastal cities. Today, according to the United Nations, more than half the world’s population live in coastal zones and three quarters of large cities are on the coast. With present day flooding and coastal erosion hazards set to be exacerbated by future climate change, the risks facing coastal populations and infrastructure will increase. Aging flood and coastal protection infrastructure is further exacerbating these challenges, as structures reach the end of their useful life, and no longer offer the standard of protection they are designed for. In today's Access Water blog, CH2M Global Technology Leader for Water Resources and Ecosystem Management Adam Hosking highlights these trends taking shape in coastal communities and discusses our integrated approach to implementing multi-dimensional coastal resilience solutions to protect people and property in coastal communities around the world.
The wastewater industry has entered an exciting time, as new technologies are making it economically feasible to exploit resources, such as sewage sludge, which has traditionally been considered a problematic waste. Today, with the advancements being made, sewage sludge is seen as a resource which can be recovered and used for its high energy and nutrient content. CH2M's Global Wastewater Service Team Deputy Leader Todd Williams explores a specific example of technology changing the way resources are recovered to help with managing biosolids - thermal hydrolysis technology.