The city of Avondale was among the award winners at the 32nd Annual Clean Air Campaign Awards, held last week in Phoenix.
Avondale won an award in the Corporate Sustainability category for its Aquaculture Facility.
Organized by Valley Metro, the 2019 Clean Air Campaign recognizes individuals and organizations for their outstanding accomplishments, exemplary leadership and lasting commitment to clean air initiatives.
Avondale Public Works staff built the aquaculture program from scratch, creating a facility to raise Mozambique tilapia, one of four species of fish used in its municipal water treatment cells.
This aquaculture facility consists of its own in-house hatchery that allows the city to hatch, raise and then stock tilapia at the Crystal Gardens Wetland to control algae instead of using chemical applications.
The aquaculture facility supports the city of Avondale Crystal Gardens Wetlands, which consists of a series of treatment cells designed to treat the city’s Salt River Project and Central Arizona Project water allocations to aquifer water quality standards.
Surrounded by the Crystal Gardens residential development, it is open to the public and was designed to treat Avondale’s groundwater as well as provide a beautiful water feature for the public to enjoy and learn more about the city’s water resources.
“The aquaculture facility was an innovative approach by Public Works staff to save our taxpayers money, while at the same time, keeping up with environmentally sustainable practices using an all-natural process to remove algae from the wetlands,” said Cindy Blackmore, Avondale’s Public Works Director.
For more information about the Annual Clean Air Campaign awards, visit valleymetro.org/valley-metro-champions-clean-air.