Urban Waterway Trash Removal

Photo Credit: Tom Rice Photography
TWC is serving as a lead voice for The Greenway Foundation on the issue of urban waterway trash.


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


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  Photos from Round 2  can be found in this Facebook album!

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

Check out our video here: CRDC video

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

  • In addition to raising awareness of the issue, we are also coordinating with the City and County of Denver for the acquisition and installation of innovative and effective devices for the prevention and removal of storm water trash and other waterway contaminants.

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