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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WATCH: Soar high above the beautiful complexity of the wastewater treatment process



While snapping some new aerial photographs for an upcoming publication, photographer J. Quinn let the video camera roll providing us some great footage of our largest treatment plant, Southerly in Cuyahoga Heights.

Friday, February 28, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Captain America's Cleveland visit last year included scenes at Southerly plant, Lakeview Dam

Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, and Cobie Smulders—stars of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"—signed a wall in one of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District facilities where they filmed several scenes for the movie set to be released next month. Photo credit Jean Chapman, NEORSD.

Hollywood and the stars of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" left their mark in Cleveland last summer.

At our facilities, they left their marks right on the walls.

Yes, two Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District facilities served as shooting locations last May for the latest installment of Marvel's Captain America franchise, set for release next month. Those locations included a series of tunnels under our Southerly plant in Cuyahoga Heights, and Lakeview Cemetery Dam in Cleveland. When filming concluded at each location, the actors signed two walls where the scenes took place.

"It was an amazing opportunity for us," said Manager of Community and Media Relations Jean Chapman. "We we able to accommodate the shoot without impacting our services."

Local media reported that the Sewer District might have been one of several Cleveland shooting locations for crews and stars last summer, but we could not confirm that fact based on our agreement with the production company. Jean said the company was very grateful for the accommodations we offered, and it was a reflection of the welcoming reception they received from Cleveland overall.

Cobie Smulders and Scarlett Johansson's
signatures at Lakeview Dam.
In gratitude for allowing crews to film on our locations, producers made a donation to the Cleveland Foodbank, a partner our employees have supported in previous fundraising campaigns.

While shooting in downtown Cleveland took center stage last summer, many onlookers wondered where stars like Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Evans were while stunt doubles received most of the camera time. The signatures in our photos reveal where they might have been.

The "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" cast list includes Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as The Falcon, and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill. 

The movie is set for an April 4 release, and two of its trailers include clips that were filmed on our sites—but we admit that the fleeting glimpses might only be recognizable by employees familiar with the locations.

A tunnel under a building at Southerly. The tunnel was not being used at the time of the shoot.



The top of Lakeview Cemetery Dam. This area is typically accessed by maintenance personnel.



Tuesday, January 7, 2014

WOW: Bubbling tanks, frigid temps result in wondrous icy landscape


Well that's not something we see every day.

These open-air aeration tanks inject air bubbles into the wastewater during the treatment process at our Southerly plant, but this event is something rarely seen before.

Here's what the tanks look like in normal conditions (left image), bubbling and swirling to support microorganisms that help consume germs in the water.

But as temps bottomed out last night (above), nearing almost 40 degrees below zero with the wind chill, the surfaces froze, but water continued to bubble through holes in the ice. The result is an amazing array of ice pillars silhouetted against the morning sky in Cuyahoga Heights.

Does the ice affect this part of the treatment process? Yes and no, Wastewater Plant Operator in Training Christen Wood told me.

"The air is in the channel to encourage mixing and prevent freezing," she said, but the "insanely cold" temps like recently are very rare. The ice "probably will even melt during the day today. The microorganisms themselves are harder to grow in the winter, so we keep a higher percentage of them around all winter long" to compensate.

She added that the wastewater coming into the plant is fairly warm already when compared to the environment around it, and that helps "keep the bugs alive until spring."

Hat tip to Southerly's own Nick Fillipelli for the photo, and to Christen Wood for passing it our way.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

PICS: Under construction, beyond cool

Last week, we toured the progress inside our $170 million Renewable Energy Facility. Here are some of the latest photos.

The building houses equipment that will generate 25% of the plant's electricity while conserving resources and reducing pollution. It is scheduled to go online this summer.

One of three fluidized-bed incinerators, each one about 60 feet tall. They're called fluidized beds because heated sand blows around inside the base like a liquid. The incinerators burn solid waste known as biosolids.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

PIC: 10,000 elephants worth of ash

What better way to mark Ash Wednesday than with ashes? An ash lagoon, more specifically.

In this image, crews are cleaning one of three ash lagoons at our Southerly Wastewater Treatment Center. These lagoons are the destination for ash resulting from our incineration process. You can see them in the map below:


Each lagoon holds 30,000 cubic yards, and as this project nears completion, it will have removed 60,000 tons of biosolids—the same weight as about 10,000 elephants.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent which counts down to Easter Sunday.

Thanks to our Ken Burns for the photograph, and Ramona Lowery for the details.


Monday, February 11, 2013

VIDEO: Dead fish near our treatment plant? It's nature and temperature, not pollution.

Are we poisoning fish by releasing polluted water into the Cuyahoga River? Contrary to the YouTube video's inaccurate captions above, we are not.

We were alerted to this video today, a clip that was posted to YouTube January 31 with the title, "NEORSD sewage kills fish in Cuyahoga River." The title and captions were incorrect, but the occurrence is worth a closer look to understand the issues and results.

The simple answer: This kind of fish die-off is a natural event at this time of year, not a result of sewage pollution in our effluent. It comes down to water temperature and temperature-sensitive fish.

Friday, November 16, 2012

NEWS: Sewer District, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office collaborate on regional firing range

Southerly Wastewater Treatment Center, Cuyahoga Heights

Yesterday, the Board of Trustees for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District approved a resolution allowing the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office to develop and operate a Regional Law Enforcement Firing Range and Training Facility on Sewer District property. This is a 30-year lease agreement.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

NEWS: Arrest made following suspicious call to Sewer District

Authorities determined the call was placed by an employee of a company working on the Renewable Energy Facility project at our Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Today, the Cuyahoga Heights Police Department arrested Joshua Petro. The arrest stems from a suspicious call made to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant on Monday, October 22, 2012. Another unnamed Sewer District plant was mentioned in the call, as well. Charges are pending.

Yesterday, at 6:48am, a security officer at Southerly received a phone call allegedly from Petro who indicated that "something would happen at the Southerly Plant and your other plant." The exact type of action to be taken against the plants was not defined in the phone call, nor was the "other plant" identity—Westerly or Easterly—clear.

"Our first concern was to assure that employees, contractors, vendors and visitors were safe," stated Julius Ciaccia, Sewer District Executive Director. "We were able to determine early on in the investigation that safety was not jeopardized."

Thursday, August 9, 2012

VIDEO: Flushable wipes maybe not so much

Are flushable wipes really flushable? Perhaps for convenience, but they are not without problems beyond the drain.

Our friends at the National Association of Clean Water Agencies posted a link on their Facebook page about a city in Canada facing significant wastewater-treatment process issues because flushable diapers and wipes are not breaking down. The only thing breaking down is their equipment.



I asked our Southerly Wastewater Treatment Center maintenance manager and our assistant superintendent if this is a localized problem or if we experience the same problems in our processes. Kevin Zebrowski answered it's a little bit of both.


Monday, July 16, 2012

ARCHIVES: Drive-in was Southerly neighbor in 1960s

Image by Robert Frank, 1955.

Our student assistant Stephanie Harris uncovered a great bit of nostalgia recently when she included the phrase "drive-in theater" in a story about our Southerly wastewater treatment plant in Cuyahoga Heights.

That's right. Our current plant's footprint covers a space that used to be the Canal Road All-Weather Drive-In Theatre.



The theater opened in 1963, but photos of the locale were hard to come by. There was this one posted by drive-ins.com ("the definitive resource for drive-in information") as seen below, perhaps from the 1970s.

The Sewer District took over the Southerly plant in 1972. While we're not sure when the theatre was closed (although one PDF reference included the date 1976), it was razed in 1979 during significant expansion and upgrades at Southerly, and the site is where the Effluent Building sits today.


Nice detective work, Stephanie.

Monday, August 1, 2011

For fourth straight year, District opens doors for Open House

“Where Does It Go?” On August 13, citizens of Northeast Ohio can get the answer to this popular—yet seldom asked—question. The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is once again opening its doors to the general public at the NEORSD “Where Does It Go?” Open House on Saturday, August 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

"Mommy, where does it go when you flush the potty?"


Parents, kids, friends, our Open House August 13 will have something for everyone. This :30 spot will be running on local radio stations starting this weekend. Space is limited, so RSVP today.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Southerly treatment plant running, fully treating 3x normal daily flow

Although the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant was impacted earlier today by flooding, the WWTP continued to treat wastewater throughout the morning. The WWTP is currently providing full treatment at a rate of 360 million gallons per day (mgd) and providing partial treatment to at a rate of 160-180 mgd. This treatment plant is currently operating at more than 300 percent; the average daily flow is 125 mgd.

Southerly wastewater treatment plant flooded by storm, snow melt

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) is experiencing flooding and is limited in its capabilities to treat wastewater entering the plant. This morning’s flooding was caused by heavy rains compounded by snow melt and already-saturated grounds.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Treatment plant performance was top-notch in 2010

Greg Glover, Victor Chan, and Gerald Borling check the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) to monitor phosphorous levels in the wastewater.
In 2010, each of the District’s treatment plants achieved 100% compliance with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. It was the first year since 1999 that all three plants had zero permit excursions.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Impending snow storm means higher flow at plants. Eventually.

Heavy rainstorms can cause local stream flooding and erosion problems, as well as cause some older sewers to exceed their capacities. But in winter months, do blizzards like the one we anticipate this evening induce the same water-related issues?

Monday, December 20, 2010

2010: From stormwater to sewage and everything in between

The last 12 months have been filled with clean-water progress and projects that affect every one of our customers and one million Northeast Ohio residents. Here are just a few of our 2010 accomplishments:

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Renewable energy facility: "Whatever happened to...?"

Under the ever-so-catchy "Poo into power" headline, the Plain Dealer updated readers today with a status report on our Renewable energy facility (REF) that will turn waste heat into enough energy to power 25% of the plant's electricity needs. Read the story.