Congratulations to Our WateReuse Colorado Scholarship Winners!
Ben was born and raised in Buena Vista and is a skilled whitewater rafting guide. He was a world traveler from a young age and has been exposed to many issues surrounding water availability, including his work with Engineers Without Borders. Ben currently is a graduate researcher and part of the Engineering Honors Program at the University of Colorado Boulder, pursuing concurrent bachelors and master’s degrees. In support of his Master’s thesis, he’s studying the thermal regeneration capacity of biochar as an adsorbent for synthetic organic contaminates, which has important implications in water treatment. Biochar is produced from organic feedstocks such as agricultural waste or pine beetle kill but has a finite capacity and eventually becomes fouled. Ben’s research is focused on the feasibility of thermal regeneration once it has fouled. This concept and research may open the doors for smaller, more remote communities to obtain this technology relatively easily and at a lower cost than other water treatment solutions. He intends to pursue a career relating to responsible water resource management.
Ben has received many awards and accomplished much, including being a National Merit Scholarship Competition Winner and an Eagle Scout. If that weren’t enough, Ben came with the very highest recommendation from the Environmental Engineering Program Director from UC Boulder, who “[has] interacted with over 1,000 undergraduate students in [his] 28 years of teaching and ranks [Ben] in the top 5. He also ranks him very high as a graduate student and fully expects him to be at the top when he is done with his graduate work.”
Sydney’s passion for water reuse began about eight years ago when she traveled to Africa to implement porous media filters, and her personal mission is to formulate sustainable solutions to today’s and future water issues.
Sydney has her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Gonzaga University in Spokane WA, and before embarking on her graduate degree, had a career with Xylem Water Solutions as an Applications Engineer, designing UV, ozone, and advanced oxidation processes for water and wastewater treatment facilities. Sydney is currently an Environmental Engineering Graduate Student at the University of Colorado at Boulder who has had the opportunity to work on two diverse research projects: enhancing the efficiency of UV AOPs via iron addition and the role of UV and AOPs in the treatment and reuse of hydraulic fracturing water. Her future PhD research focuses on transitioning advanced treatment options for direct potable reuse applications from a challenging to a resilient treatment process by coupling engineering science with social science. The overall goal will be for municipalities to use the results of her study to choose from multiple AOP solutions based on their unique water matrices, regional regulations, and economic constraints, ultimately leading to improved resilience and social acceptance of DPR. Sydney plans to use this money to build a small-scale pilot system to evaluate multiple AOP treatment trains listed above. Upon completion of her PhD, she hopes to pursue a career as a university professor.
Sydney has been recognized by a UC Boulder Mortenson Professor in Sustainable Development as “destined to be a hugely effective engineer, blending the rare talents of compassion, personality, dedication, focus, and technical excellence into her work” and “is an excellent candidate to make real improvements in the use of AOP for reuse applications and knows what it takes regarding public perception, regulatory confidence, and hitting on the various unanswered questions.” Sydney is receiving the first ever Martha Hahn Memorial Scholarship as recognition as a leader in water reuse and her perseverance towards her doctorate degree in this field.
2014 Colorado Water Reuse Workshop
The Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association (RMWEA)/Rocky Mountain Section of the American Water Works Association (RMSAWWA) Joint Water Reuse Committee and the Colorado section of the WateReuse Association (WRCO) sponsored the 2014 Rocky Mountain Water Reuse Workshop in August 14, 2014. This Workshop was devoted to sustaining water supplies through water reuse in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming.
Integrated Water Planning, Larua Belanger, PE, Western Resource Advocates; John McCray, PhD, CSM; Dave Little, Director of Planning, Denver Water
Reuse Poster Sessions
Reuse Water for Power Plant Needs (Cheyenne, WY) – Arlene Over, PE, Black & Veatch Corporation
Evaluating Coagulation Followed by a Moving Bed Bioreactor (MBBR) as a Pretreatment for Highly Saline Produced Water – Kurby Sitterley, James Rosenblum, Yaal Lester, Karl Linden, CU Boulder
Nitrate Leaching from Turfgrasses Irrigated with Tailored Effluent Water Using a Subsurface Drip System – James Cochran, Colorado School of Mines
Recycled Water Heats Up Museum – Denver Museum of Nature and Science – Damian Higham, Denver Water; Mike Johnston, NORESCO
Aggressive, High TDS Waste Stream Treatment with Brine Bulb Technology, Eric Dole, PE, Tetra Tech
AS Water’s 2011 Water Reuse Project of the Year – Rayne Water’s Centralized Regeneration ZLD Project – A Model for Salinity Management, Eric Dole, PE, Tetra Tech
WateReuse is the only trade association that focuses solely on advancing laws, policy and funding to increase water reuse. Our niche strategy sets us apart from other organizations in the water industry.