The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has deemed May American Wetlands Month, drawing attention to the significant impact wetlands have on our nation’s ecological, economic, and social health. By definition, a wetland is just what it sounds like: an area saturated by water. This type of land is commonly referred to as a marsh or bog. The EPA points out that wetlands are “areas where water covers the soil” for either varying periods of time, or throughout the entire year. Wetlands affect many of the things we may take for granted: they improve water quality; increase water storage and supply; reduce flooding; and provide habitats for plants, fish, and wildlife.
In addition, wetlands can be engineered to treat wastewater, which is called a Constructed Treatment Wetland or CTW. Here at Roux Associates, CTWs are a large part of our patented Engineered Natural Systems (ENS®) technologies. Our systems have been approved by both state and regulatory agencies, including the EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Roux has been actively involved in developing and applying CTW technologies since 1993. We are internationally recognized experts and leaders in the design, installation, and operation of CTWs. Our award-winning ENS® Group focuses on the application of these technologies to treat groundwater and surface water contamination, stormwater runoff, landfill leachate, and industrial/municipal wastewaters. Our use of carefully selected media, sequencing, and passive hydraulic controls has resulted in state-of-the-science designs that are cost‑effective, reliable, and sustainable—even under extreme environmental conditions. Roux’s ENS® designs operate passively, require little to no power, and thus reduce operation and maintenance requirements and costs. Our company has applied these technologies to tackle some of industries’ most challenging environmental issues, while achieving sustainable goals, such as water reuse and zero discharge.
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