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Forest Grove, Fernhill council, Clean Water Services share award

The City of Forest Grove, Fernhill Wetlands Council and Clean Water Services accepted an award at Monday's Forest Grove City Council meeting that recognized a massive redevelopment of Fernhill Wetlands, led by Diane Taniguchi-Dennis, deputy general manager of Clean Water Services.

Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association's 2015 Sustainability Award recognizes Fernhill Wetlands' Natural Treatment System, which transformed three former sewage lagoons into more realistic, natural wetlands, increasing waterfowl habitat.

At the same time, the wetlands cool water naturally from the Forest Grove

Wastewater Treatment Facility before it flows into the Tualatin River, through evaporation, shading from wet-

land plants and cool evening air.

Not only do the wetlands provide this important water-cooling service, but the pathways and pedestrian bridges invite visitors to enjoy the beautiful, natual setting where a variety of wildlife and native plants can be found.

The PNCWA is part of the Water Environment Federation, which represents wastewater agencies throughout Oregon, Idaho and Washington.