Coeur d'Alene Arts Commission
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States
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Nestled alongside the Centennial Trail and the Spokane River is the Coeur d’Alene Advance Wastewater Treatment Facility. A publicly-owned treatment facility, the AWTF is subject to one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and the country’s most restrictive effluent discharge requirements.
In an effort to increase the public’s awareness of the AWTF, the City of Coeur d’Alene Wastewater Department is actively seeking creative and fun ways to engage and educate trail users of “what is biogas and what is it used for?” In short, biogas is a byproduct of one of many wastewater treatment processes and is often used for power generation or as a heat source. Excessive biogas is flared or flamed (burned) off. While the flare operates under pressure, the actual flame burns continuously with a flickering effect.
There is no specific theme for the artwork other than the AWTF has requested that the final piece be safe, FUN, and appropriate for viewers of all ages. It should complement and include open flame into its final design and reflect the amazing transformation of recycling wastewater into a viable “Class A” clean water source.
The goal is to significantly beautify and delight those passing by the AWTF, while at the same time providing an educational element pertaining to biogas along the trail. The city will develop, fund, and install the educational element associated with the biogas flare project. The completed final artwork and educational product will become the property of the City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.