TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Researchers at the University of Arizona have come up with a proposal to turn a decommissioned sewage treatment plant into a state-of-the-art aquatic research station.
Under the proposal, the old Roger Road plant would become a fish hatchery for tilapia, striped bass and eels. It's also possible the plant's tanks could be used to grow algae and studies of the practical uses of reclaimed water could be conducted there.
UA professor Kevin Fitzsimmons tells the Arizona Daily Star that he envisions the project involving a partnership between the university and private commercial groups.
He says over the long term, the research station could generate revenue from the sale of fish and eel meat.
Any decision would have to be approved by the county, which currently has $32 million budgeted for demolition of the plant.