Clean River Design Challenge

Winners Announced!!

First Place:  Metro State University Team:  WASSUP

Second Place:  Colorado School of Mines Team:  Go With the Float

Third Place:  Metro State University Team:  MSU Trash Getters

Congratulations!

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Round 2 judging of the 2017-2018 Clean River Design Challenge (CRDC) took place on April 10 at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Hydraulics Laboratory.

Six teams of students from three local universities, Metro State University, University of Colorado at Denver, and Colorado School of Mines, worked during second semester to turn their in-stream trash removal device concepts into small scale models.  The models were tested in a specialized flume at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation that mimics the conditions of the Cherry Creek.  Tests were conducted under low flow and high flow conditions.

Thank you to all of our supporters who made this competition possible:
Sponsors: Denver Water, Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, ECI Construction, DHM Design, and Wright Water Engineers, and STEAM on the Platte.

Judging Panel: Confluence Kayaks, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, ECI Construction, ClayDean Electric, DHM Design, CDM Smith, Littleton/Englewood Wastewater Treatment, US Bureau of Reclamation, and The Water Connection.

Check out photos from Round 1 presentations in this Facebook album  and Round 2 final judging day photos are here!

Looking to get involved in the CRDC? Contact Devon Buckels at devon@thewaterconnection.org

About the competition:
Despite the significant evolution in the health of the South Platte River, trash and other forms of pollution continue to be an ongoing challenge to the River. In response, The Greenway Foundation (TGF) created the Clean River Design Challenge to engage higher education students in developing designs for urban waterway trash removal devices. Now in it’s second year, the competition has expanded to include University of Colorado at Denver, and the Colorado School of Mines. Other project partners include Denver Environmental Health, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Water, and representatives of Denver’s professional engineering sector.

Check out our video here: CRDC video

The Water Connection is coordinating and leading this competition. Learn more at The Greenway Foundation’s website