Clean Water Initiative

Photo Credit: Tom Rice Photography
TWC is serving as a lead voice for The Greenway Foundation on the issue of clean water for watershed health.

STORMWATER FILTRATION:  Our collaboration with the City and County of Denver and the makers of the Gutter Bin stormwater filtration device has resulted in the prevention of 5,000 lbs of pollutants from entering the South Platte River in Denver.
Even though Denver appropriately prides itself on being a green city, the South Platte River and its tributaries are a default trash receptacle for our city due to a number of source challenges, including the hundreds stormwater pipes that release into these urban waterways. ​

One way that The Water Connection is tackling this issue is partnering with Frog Creek Partners for a pilot program for Gutter Bins in Denver. These devices sit in storm drain inlets and catch trash and debris as it washes off sidewalks and streets, and keep it out of our urban waterways.

The installation of stormwater filtration devices are gaining favor among private developers and other local municipalities.

Interested in supporting our efforts to clean stormwater?  Contact Devon Buckels at

INNOVATIVE NEW IN-STREAM TRASH REMOVAL:  The Nautilus trash removal device installed in Cherry Creek is working 24 hours a day to catch trash so it can be easily removed from the creek.  Its located downstream of Market Street in downtown Denver.  Check it out!

CLEAN WATER CHALLENGE (formerly the Clean River Design Challenge):  TWC is excited for the next iteration of this challenge! This year we will be focusing on three pollutants: phosphorus, nitrogen, and E. coli. Teams of university students will be tasked with developing a solution to one (or more!) of these pollutants and crafting a high-level business plan to get their solution out into the community.  This competition will kick off in Fall 2021.  Keep an eye out for coming news on the next iteration of this popular and impactful competition among local universities for solutions to water quality challenges.

Looking to get involved in the Clean Water Challenge? Contact Devon Buckels at

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