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Science Café Cleveland: “Science Goes Down The Drain”

Come to the next Science Café Cleveland event to hear from Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells and Matthew Scharver of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

When we shower and flush our toilets in cities, this waste combines with storm water and goes into the sewer system. But as populations and cities grow, these aging systems have come under considerable strain that have resulted in major problems such as flooded streets and basements during large downpours, sending untreated sewage containing bacteria, pathogens and trash to waterways such as Doan Brook, Rocky River, Big Creek and other local waterways, as well as Lake Erie.

Communities across the country have proposed a range of solutions to this waste problem—remaking urban spaces in the process.

The Fairhill/MLK Green Infrastructure Project represents a case study of one type of solution to this national problem. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is retooling infrastructure in a 63-acre drainage area stretching from Larchmere Boulevard to Fairhill Road on the city’s east side to remove over 14.3 million gallons—in a typical storm event year—of storm water from the combined sewer system.

In their presentation, titled “Science Goes Down The Drain,” Dreyfuss-Wells and Scharver will discuss the science and technology behind the design and function of the Fairhill/MLK Green Infrastructure Project and how it fits into the greening of Northeast Ohio.

The event will be held Monday, Jan. 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Music Box Supper Club (1148 Main Ave.).

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Limited menu options will be available for purchase.

Science Café Cleveland is sponsored by the CWRU chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream and the Music Box Supper Club. For more information, visit