San Joaquin River DOTMDL -- Technical Working Group

Aeration Demonstration Project

Project Contact Information

Bob Pedlar
Department of Water Resources

Project Background
The Aeration Demonstration Project will test whether using U-Tube technology to provide 10,000 pounds per day of oxygen to the DWSC will have an appreciable effect on low dissolved oxygen levels. U-Tube technology promises to efficiently inject enough oxygen into the Deep Water Ship Channel (DWSC) to offset the dissolved oxygen deficit. The project will be performed over a two year period to test the effectiveness of the U-Tube system and assess various operational parameters for the technology. The demonstration project will also allow for the examination of other, possibly unintended consequences of large-scale aeration prior to using this technology on a more permanent basis.

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