Clean River Design Challenge — The Greenway Foundation

From The Greenway Foundation:

The Water Connection is serving as a lead voice for The Greenway Foundation (TGF) on the issue of urban waterway trash. Despite the significant evolution in the health of the South Platte River, the reality of trash and other forms of pollution continue to be an ongoing challenge to the River. In response to this reality, TGF is engaging higher education students in developing designs for urban waterway trash removal devices.

The third iteration of this competition will host student teams from Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado School of Mines, and University of Denver. Other project partners include the Flood Control District, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, and representatives of Denver’s professional engineering sector.

For the 2018-2019 competition, student teams focused on the section of the South Platte River, just upstream of the confluence with the Cherry Creek. Five teams spent the first semester developing a preliminary design, which was presented to a panel of judges in early December and the top three designs were selected.

Round 1: Design Phase
First Place: Team Trash Trouts from Colorado School of Mines
Second Place: River Guardians from Colorado School of Mines
Third Place: Team Black-Crowned Night Herons from Metropolitan State University of Denver

Four teams continued onto Round 2, to build a scaled model of their design and test it in a specialized flume at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The top three designs were selected based on a variety of criteria: design, impact on the river corridor, amount of trash collected, cost, etc.

Round 2: Design Phase

It was another great year of innovation– Thank you to everyone who participated in this competition!
Click here to watch the story on the competition from Channel 4 CBS Denver.

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