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WATER IS ALIVE | Bioremediation for a healthier planet.

The time for a paradigm shift is upon us.

The current ways we interact with and take advantage of the life-giving forces of our physical surroundings are driving us down the wrong road (just look out your window). These forces — clean, fresh water; healthful air; nutrient-rich soil; and diverse habitat — are continually under threat due to systems and powers that allow for an abuse of contaminants that put every one of us at risk of poor health and wellbeing.

The ultimate mission of Water Is Alive (formed in 2018) is to drive positive action via measurable, proven results. We call it a Win-Win-Win For All. We’re using science to drive us down a path towards a life of harmony, abundance, and regeneration.

We have the power, the resources, and the know-how to implement sustainable self-compliance on a personal and corporate level with real results that can activate us to clean up the earth. For businesses, investing in and reporting on Environmental governance and remediation has become an important part of business life. Our work aligns perfectly with helping companies and organizations realize their sustainability goals while reducing costs across a number of areas; most notably to help clean up and revitalize the vast agriculture and manufacturing sectors of our economy.


While we receive minimal grants for our work, we rely on the support of engaged citizens like you to fund our on-the-ground work! Please donate today and we’ll keep you up-to-date with our steady progress, solutions, partnerships, and information on what you can do. Want to be part of our film? We’re also working on a documentary project and would love to count you as one of our citizen producers with a donation!

As of Fall 2023, we have received a large grant from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the United Nations has recognized our invaluable work to augment their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Please see some of our Projects & News below!

At the heart of our work is

the billions-of-years-old fact that the power to metabolize pollution is ‘alive’ in many microorganisms. Water Is Alive was founded to prove that we can use food grade microorganisms grown on agricultural by-products and organic waste to clean up contamination. We have positive results from The Trinity River Bioremediation Project and the bio-filtration methods which can be applied to any impaired waterway. Fresh, clean water is the most important resource in our lives. And it our mission to make sure it’s available and abundant for current and future generations.

Water Is Alive also provides educational services and resources for bioremediation:

Anaerobic fermentation of organic wastes on small, medium and large scale, remediation of soil and water utilizing organic wastes, resources on permitting for waterway and Brownfield remediation, research collaboration efforts and partnerships.

Inspiring you to clean up your local ‘brownfields’ and contaminated waterways:

Our focus is the biological remediation (bioremediation) of soil and water utilizing pre-consumer fruit and vegetable organic wastes as the carrier substrates of beneficial microorganisms that can break down nutrients and contaminants that lead to surface and ground water impairments. Translation: Single celled microbes will eat fruits and chemicals!

We have years of work to get permits in order to demonstrate viable bioremediation and would love to share our knowledge and resources. Remediation is usually very expensive and we can help make your project more affordable and viable!

Join us in learning how to apply these natural remedies to clean up our many brownfields (a.k.a. contaminated plots of land) and our impaired waterways. We can start as soon as today to clean up pollution together.

Please to help fund our vital work!

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The Trinity River Bioremediation Demonstration Project

Objective: To clean contaminants in river water with food grade microorganisms growing on agricultural by-products.

This project will benefit people and animals living in the Trinity River watershed. Bioremediation will improve water quality and help rebuild natural filtration systems.

The Trinity River Bioremediation Project utilizes food-grade microorganisms growing on agricultural by-products to stimulate the naturally occurring microorganisms in the soil and sediment of the Trinity River in order to more effectively break down nutrients and contaminants. 

Originally designed for small streams affected by high levels of E.coli and powered by student made bio-filters, the Trinity River Bioremediation Demonstration that took place between June 15 and July 27 added 22,200 gallons of fermented onion juice to one of the country’s largest constructed wetlands*. The fermented onion juice can help break down phosphates and other nutrients and bacteria.

In mid-2023, we will present the data collected during and after the demonstration and discuss the variables of working in a constructed wetland versus a small stream or wastewater treatment plant.

*This area of wetlands is one of the largest constructed wetlands in the world, filtering up to 92 million gallons of river water every day for the Upper Trinity River Watershed customers. The Trinity River provides drinking water for half of all Texans. 

Joe's Creek Bioremediation (Dallas, TX)

The intention of Water Is Alive and our partner Groundwork Dallas is to clean Joe’s Creek, a tributary of the Trinity River. Whereas Groundwork Dallas’ focus is on cleaning litter out of the Joe’s Creek, Water Is Alive has been invited to focus on reducing bacterial contamination in the creek. To accomplish this, we are going to place two different kinds of ‘bio-filters’ in the water. One is a food-grade inoculated substrate that will rest on the sediment, the other is a mycelium inoculated substrate that will float on the surface.

See our latest VIDEO about Joe’s Creek HERE (update as of May 2023)

The initial tests will experiment with different substrates and demonstrate their abilities to reduce Escherichia coli bacteria as well as examining the ‘bio-filters’ resilience in streaming water and their biodegradable qualities during storms.

Our goals are to demonstrate the flexible applications food-grade microorganisms as to reduce contamination before it enters the Trinity River in the form of small biodegradable ‘bio-filters’. Future applications of this demonstration project will be to accomplish a reduction in environmental contamination by using these same techniques to build household bio-filters, enhanced filter strips, constructed wetlands, and bio-filter buffer zones around waste processing plants, water treatment plants, municipal landfills, Superfund sites, auto salvage operations and Brownfields.

Funding and In-Kind Donations | Community Building while Cleaning the Environment

Water Is Alive is seeking to apply to local foundations for grants, to engage in crowdfunding and we are seeking corporate and private donations to support the Trinity River Bioremediation Demonstration Project. We require materials to build bio-filters, grow-rooms in the form of climate-controlled trailers or containers, a truck to transport materials and educational tools such as a microscope and basic environmental monitoring kits to monitor for E.coli.

You can help by sponsoring filters and/or volunteering to place them in the river. Together, we can make a difference!

An EPA Gulf of Mexico Program Reduction and Prevention of Trash in the Five Coastal States of the Gulf of Mexico Watershed reimbursement grant of $10,000 has been awarded towards this project.

We hope to work with area foundations in applying for federal, state and private funding to demonstrate and teach bioremediation as an educational tool and Best Management Practice in other contaminated streams and lakes as well as contaminated soils in Dallas.

The Water Is Alive biofilter concept and design are intellectual property belonging to Water Is Alive. We hope upon the successful demonstration of our methods, stakeholders in the Total Maximum Daily Limit (e coli) Implementation Zone in the Trinity River Basin will engage Water Is Alive contractually for educational and environmental projects. Water Is Alive highly recommends our filters and curriculum for other impaired water projects in Dallas, as well as other bioremediation techniques.                                           

More about Bioremediation HERE.

Texas A&M AgriLife Biostimulant Study

We’re working on the ground (literally) with some of the amazing, renown scientific minds at Texas A&M AgriLife to test the effectiveness of our ‘live’ microorganism ‘juice’ on controlled plots of ground covering (i.e. turf grasses). To date, the results have been very positive that we are stimulating growth and the health of the grass.

Texas Water Action Collaborative | Formed 2021

DALLAS, Texas — In celebration of World Water Day, a coalition of industry, nonprofit, and governmental organizations recently announced the launch of the Texas Water Action Collaborative (TxWAC). The group will work to invest in efforts along the Upper Trinity River that yield positive return for water quality and quantity. //

Read about more it HERE.

Trinity River Trail is now an NPS National Recreation Trail (National Park Service)

Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced on Friday, October 22, 2020, the inclusion of the Trinity River Paddling Trail in the National Parks Service (NPS) by naming it a National Recreation Trail.

The Trinity River Paddling Trail is 130-miles long and currently contains 21 official canoe launches. These provide city-maintained parking and a means of launching a canoe, kayak, or raft into the river. A map of the paddling trail can be found HERE. //

Read the full article HERE.

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