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Shallow, Open-water Wetlands

Brooklyn, NY

Date Accepted


Team Info

Andrea Silverman

Brooklyn, NY

Team Quote

Natural treatment systems, such as shallow open-water wetlands, have been found to remove or transform a variety of water contaminants – including nitrate, microorganisms, and pharmaceuticals – using natural processes, and with minimal chemical and energy inputs. As a result, these systems are promising options for treatment of wastewater treatment plant effluent and stormwater before these flows enter the gulf environment, thereby protecting public and environmental health.

Team Bios

Andrea Silverman is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at New York University. Dr. Silverman’s research areas include the detection and control of waterborne pathogens, and the design of natural wastewater treatment systems (e.g., treatment ponds and constructed wetlands).

Semi-finalist Video

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