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October 9, 2017

Retaining Knowledge and Rainwater at WEFTEC

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For 10 years now, the Water Environment Federation's Students and Young Professionals have been finding ways to give back to the WEFTEC host city through a community service project. This year's project was at Chicago's Manierre Elementary School, where over 120 volunteers worked to convert part of their blacktop playground into a 900 square foot permeable outdoor classroom with over 400 square feet of native plantings draining into 400 square feet of bioswale. This project will alleviate playground flooding, assist in municipal stormwater management, and give the students the opportunity to study science and the environment in a more hands-on fashion.

Donohue's Natalie Cook and Andrew Dow, process engineers in Chicago's Donohue office, helped to plan and coordinate this year's project. Andrew Dow advised on materials procurement for the project and aided in day-of logistics. Natalie Cook was the Vice Chair for this year's project, and as the Co-Chair for the 2018 project in New Orleans, she is already beginning to plan for what's next.

Donohue also contributed to the project as a corporate donor, providing funding required for the materials needed to make this project possible.

► Watch the project video: youtube.com/watch?v=4XFiYfgWKPg

► Read about the project: chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/09/30/manierre-elementary-school-builds-outdoor-classroom/

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