CWA is involved in many water-related partnerships and programs that aim to broaden engagement, research, programming and membership, and to better accelerate cluster-based activities and advance CWA/Northeast Ohio as a leader within the national and international market. These programs are recommended and approved by CWA’s Program Committee

In addition, CWA has water innovation acceleration partnerships with:

Additionally, CWA continues to grow its research and innovation partnership with Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University and Cleveland State University.

Research on the Value of Water

The Value of Clean Water

NASA Glenn Research Center Partnership

In 2016 CWA and NASA Glenn Research Center (NASA GRC) entered a MOU Agreement as part of NASA’s Regional Economic Development program. During the year, that agreement has led to:

Bio- and Eco- Mimetic Water Innovation Program – ODNR OCR and BioHabitats

CWA has entered into two separate multi-year agreements with Great Lakes Biomimicry Institute, the University of Akron, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Coastal Advisory Department for Ph.D. research fellowships to begin work on new water innovation around multiple problem areas.


A Partner Program of Cleveland Water Alliance, Biohabitats, Ohio DNR Office of Coastal Management. The Team believes that a Biomimicry Fellow focused on finding bio-inspired ways to improve urban coastal and nearshore water quality associated with stormwater runoff, point and non-point source discharges, and riverine/coastal erosion (shoreline stabilization) would greatly benefit both Lake Erie and the coastal region.


A Partner Program of Cleveland Water Alliance, Ohio DNR Office of Coastal Management. Biomimicry Fellow to identify specific actions related to the attainment of specific nearshore management goals that include, but are not limited to: improving nearshore water quality, maintaining a sustainable fishery, enhancing coastal biodiversity, managing invasive species, protecting coastal sand resources, enhancing coastal resiliency, and promoting public access.

Regional Sewer and Water Department Partnerships

CWA has begin work on several fronts with our Utility partners including:



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