Freedom Field –– The Rock River Water Reclamation District partners with Freedom Field, a not-for-profit organization, to help them move toward their goal of facilitating the development and operation of a renewable energy solutions center. The mission of Freedom Field Renewable Energy is to increase regional awareness of renewable energy opportunities and to facilitate development and commercialization of renewable energy solutions. We provide them space at 3333 Kishwaukee Street for their solutions center.
Freedom Field is designed to:
- Install & characterize renewable energy technologies
- Produce operational data for analysis
- Integrate and test complementary technologies as viable systems
- Optimize technologies for production, installation, and service
- Develop regional projects that use these technologies and systems
- Create education and outreach programs
Aqua-Aerobics –– Aqua-Aerobic Systems and the Rock River Water Reclamation District have entered into a long-term agreement allowing for Aqua-Aerobics to build an on-site research facility located at the District’s central treatment plant. This facility will be used for the purpose of applied research and demonstration of new products. The Rock River Water Reclamation District will be able to benefit from the new Research and Technology Center through information sharing and technological developments.
Household Hazardous Waste –– Through a joint effort between the Rock River Water Reclamation District, the City of Rockford, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency area residents are able to dispose of their household hazardous waste. A material is considered hazardous if it’s toxic, flammable, corrosive, or an irritant. Most of these items are products that are used for cleaning, controlling insects, improving plants and grass, or for various other home improvement and repair projects. Household hazardous wastes cannot be disposed of at regular trash collection sites; they must be handled safely and disposed of in a manner that will not result in environmental exposure.
Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful –– The Rock River Water Reclamation District and Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful are working together to keep the area’s water supply safe from unused medications. Each spring RRWRD co-sponsors the medication collection drive held by Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful. Unfortunately, ninety percent of all unused medications are flushed down the toilet and can become a source of pollution in wastewater. Because sewage treatment plants are not designed to deal with drugs, these chemicals can be released into streams, lakes, and groundwater where they affect fish and other aquatic wildlife. If medicines are reaching streams, rivers, and lakes, organisms living in these habitats may be continuously exposed to these drugs. Some aquatic organisms living in waters downstream from wastewater treatment plants are showing signs of developmental and reproductive problems. Researchers are working to determine whether pharmaceuticals are causing these effects.