STREAM LAB FACILITY VISION: To become a center for research, education, outreach and commercialization related to the management and restoration of streams and their watersheds. To reach an overall goal of sustainable water use in urbanizing environments. ● Research on stream ecology, structure and function within urbanizing landscapes. ● Education and outreach with public schools and colleges/universities to develop appreciation for stream ecosystem and demonstration of best management practices for minimizing pollutions impacts onwater quality from urbanization. ● Commercialize new products and services that improve water quality and management. Serve as a hub of collaborative, innovative entrepreneurial activities. The Stream Lab will incorporate a range of services in support of innovation-based environmental research and development—from technology and market evaluation, through business planning and mentorship, to early stage access to capital.
Key services include, but are not limited to: ● Facilitating and fostering the exchange of ideas between university innovators and industry; ● Incorporating mentors and industry catalysts that provide advisory services and link technology and researchers to external networks; ● Providing seed funding to support the commercialization of promising research; ● Assisting with market evaluation and business plan development; ● Supporting educational programs to prepare students and researchers for entrepreneurial challenges and work environments; and ● Holding special events to showcase technologies and entrepreneurs, promote the exchange of ideas, and formation of new collaboration. The Stream Lab (Phase 2) will invest in the development, creation, or expansion of Proof of Concepts that accelerate technology-led economic development in pursuit of a vibrant, innovative, clean economy. The majority of our projects will either support reuse of a given product , or produce a new or innovative product from recyclable materials. This may include technological advances in waste management practices that reduce raw material usage and the amount of waste deposited in landfills, as well as ecosystem restoration and other activities that protect and revitalize natural and cultural systems.
Description of Concept:
We want to demonstrate a clear understanding of a real or persistent problem or an unaddressed opportunity, its urgency, and the ability of the proposed Stream Lab to solve the problem or capitalize on the opportunity. A creative transformative models or solutions based on an understanding of the role, benefit, and best practices of a Proof of Concept Center. A clear understanding of the challenges facing the region’s entrepreneurs and innovators. A ‘roadmap’ for how the proposed Proof of Concept Center would fill the gaps in the research‐to‐commercialization continuum and eliminate obstacles to commercialization. The lab concept came directly out of the development fiasco, which should never have happened if the stream lab was in place to assist in sustainable practices along sensitive streams. Thus, the lab arose from a real need within Pasco County and beyond. We provide “one stop shopping” to stream management by providing an integrated organizational structure of universities, governmental agencies and the private sector to approach sustainable management of urbanizing watersheds systematically and in a cooperative spirit.
STREAM LAB FACILITY: “ OPERATION 123 “ (Opening Day: 12/12/2012) Long-term vision lends to water, energy, and agricultural (food) resources issues. ● Research = Educational = Proof of Concept Center/Commercialization (Business) ● Commercialization (Technical Assistance) = Peer-to-Peer Support = Funding ● Land = Facility = Funding ●
Pasco Stream Labâ€™s Proposed Scope of Work Globally, issues of water quantity and quality are of paramount importance. Opportunities for integration of research and application abound in areas of water quality, storm water management, and best practices in restoration or remediation for streams, wetlands, and highlands. The Stream Lab will provide indoor and outdoor laboratory space for traditional research along with demonstration of appropriate technologies and approaches in an adjacent urban development With access to stream water flow, the uniqueness of the stream lab feature allows for boundless outreach and research in hydrology, , structure and functions of streams, storm water management, watershed planning and the restoration of impaired ecosystems. The Stream Lab will be the cornerstone of a green research park focusing on water, agriculture, and energy issues. However, its proposed scope of work will initially focus on assisting technologies currently integrated with water issues. Two proposed clients include a local manufacturing company needing to develop its patented filtration membrane; and a water management firm needing to determine potential nutrient loads for nearby water resources. The vision of the Center is to provide a testing site for various water-related intellectual properties. It would additionally provide an educational component in conjunction with the regional universities for public use; an outreach component to invite lecturers to share information, new ideas and collaborations; and a development component with personnel from our business community trained in the art of commercialization and entrepreneurship.
Site Location and Facility: Several factors contribute to the uniqueness of the facility. Site location is of paramount importance. The proposed site is physically located adjacent to Cypress Creek in Pasco County, near the source of the Hillsborough River, a major tributary to Tampa Bay. Pasco County aquifers near the proposed site are the principal source for domestic water for the greater Tampa Bay metropolitan area. The site is also located within an area that has received entitlements for commercial, industrial, and residential development, thus providing abundant opportunities to implement appropriate technologies for water management with our private sector partners. In turn, the proposed training and outreach programs emanating from Center activities will aid in development of a highly trained workforce in environmental compliance and product development. The principal investigator of this concept duly noted the significance of the approved development plans on an environmentally sensitive area. Positioning the Stream Lab near the headwaters of Cypress Creek will also facilitate the investigation and monitoring of water quality and other sustainability issues of the watershed, and it will act as a stream corridor buffer to the nearby developments. Pasco County water resources also offer a feature that cannot be duplicated. â€œPasco Countyâ€™s well field sites have over 30 years of long term data on hydrology, vegetation and partial water quality for wetlands throughout the county. This database is like no other in the world and can be mined for longterm landscape and human induces trends.â€?
First Phase: Stream Lab Facility Construction of initial facilities of 6000 ft2: composed of 2000 ft2 of office area, 2000 ft2 of laboratory, 2000 ft2 of multi-purpose space, an outdoor area for experimental stream channel installation, and a storm-water demonstration area within an adjacent planned urban development.
Activities include: research, educational outreach, and demonstration. The property will be located on approximately 10 acres.
In addition to the first and second phase facilities, additionally ponds, channels, and similar structures would be incorporated on and off the building site. Second Phase: Consists of 30,000 ft2 of office, lab, and production space for use in commercializing of products and/or service ideas. Third Phase: Consists of lab, classrooms, and productions space related to sustainable energy products/ services. Fourth Phase: Consists of similar space devoted to sustainable food production.