CWA is involved in many water-related partnerships and programs that aim to drive innovation of water technology while we 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. Our innovation challenge programming includes:

Internet of H2O: A $50k competition ongoing for the summer and fall of 2017, in partnership with DigitalC, US Ignite, and NSF, designed to bring out next-generation networking and sensor technology to take on the challenge of monitoring and managing nutrients in Lake Erie and beyond. We aspire to generate robust and resilient nutrient monitoring pilots with the potential to scale across the Great Lakes. As a follow-up to Erie Hack, design and develop an integrated solution that leverages software-defined networks (SDN) and Internet of Things (IoT) detection technology to monitor, predict, and/or manage phosphorus loading of Lake Erie and its impacts in real time. For more information and to register: Internet of H2O The Erie Hack is a data and engineering competition that unites coders, developers, engineers, and water experts to generate enduring solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest challenges. The competition for 2017 has concluded and included $100,000 in prizes for the most creative and effective hacks. Read about the winners here and stay tuned for our next basin wide water innovation event in 2018!

In addition, CWA has many first to market water innovation acceleration partnerships with:

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

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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