Science Café Cleveland presents



Science Goes Down The Drain


JANUARY 9, 2017




Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells

Deputy Director, Watershed Programs, Northeast Ohio Sewer District


Matthew Scharver

Senior Team Leader, Watershed Programs, Northeast Ohio 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. The enhanced awareness of the importance of creating healthy green environments has resulted in communities across the country proposing a range of solutions to this waste problem and 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 this Science Cafe Cleveland, Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells and Matthew Scharver of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District 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 Music Box Supper Club - Concert Hall

1148 Main Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44113



January 9, 2017

Doors will be open 5:30 - 9:00 PM (Last call at 8:45PM). Presentation and discussion is 7:00 - 8:00 PM. The Concert Hall will also host a limited menu before and during the event. Not to mention a full bar! (Click here to view menu). Come early, get a good seat, grab a bite and a beverage and enjoy the discussion!


WHO: Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream, and the Music Box Supper Club.


Click here for an event flyer (.pdf)