This project included development of an conceptual plan for an alternative wastewater reuse project that differs from traditional options (i.e., golf course and landscape irrigation). In 2002, the City acquired approximately 500 acres of land in the Snake River Canyon known as Auger Falls with the intention of protecting, enhancing, rehabilitating, and preserving the distinctive natural and cultural characteristics of the property, while creating an outdoor experience to be enjoyed by area residents. The key to achieving these goals was reuse of reclaimed wastewater and gaining public support. Through and extensive public involvement process, a Conceptual Plan was developed for the Auger Falls Heritage Park to showcase natural wastewater treatment systems and demonstrate that wastewater is a public asset, not liability.
This project included:
• Reuse of reclaimed wastewater to restore and create wetland habitat
• Improvement and creation of upland and aquatic wildlife habitat
• Protection of existing cultural resources
• Investigation of educational and recreational opportunities
• Extensive public involvement