About Water in the sustainable environment

Water in the sustainable environment is a blog created and maintained by the staff at Natural Systems International. The blog was created to generate discussions around the human uses of water. The staff at NSI is professionally routed in ecological engineering but the nature of the work often prompts examinations into a variety of related subjects and disciplines. We welcome discussions, insights, thoughts and relevant contribution and hope the blog becomes a welcome addition to the current environmental discourse.

About Natural Systems International

For the past twenty years, Natural Systems International (NSI) has focused our firm development around water. The firm was founded with the mission of applying holistic ecological solutions to the problems that arise from the human uses of water.   NSI works with integrated design teams to provide progressive options for water master planning, wastewater treatment and reuse, stormwater management, potable and non-potable water supply, and watershed restoration.

NSI boasts a rare depth and diverse range of experience that equals or exceeds even the largest national engineering firms. Since 1989, NSI has designed, developed studies, specified and/or observed construction on more than 500 ecological engineering projects. We have firmly established our reputation for innovation and excellence with state and local regulatory agencies throughout the United States.

We are in constant communication with other leading experts in the field, and are often asked to provide assistance to the environmental regulatory community in the development of guidelines for the design and permitting of various natural wastewater treatment systems. With other experts, we are quite literally “writing the book” for the foundation of a new environmental remediation industry. Our work has been featured in a PBS documentary, in the New York Times, in leading trade publications such as Metropolis, Architectural Record, Green Source and Southwest Contractor. Two of the firm’s founders, Craig Campbell and Michael Ogden, have written a textbook titled “Constructed Wetlands in the Sustainable Landscape” that was published by John Wiley and Sons. The text has recently been translated into Chinese.

NSI provides personal service to our clients throughout the United States and internationally. NSI has undertaken projects in 40 states, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Bahamas, Fiji, India, China, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, and Australia. NSI has had the privilege of working with many Native Americans tribes throughout the United States including the Shoshone, the Arapaho, the Navajo, the Lakota Sioux, and the Tesuque Pueblo.

Many of the projects we have contributed to become precedent examples in the design field. NSI was the first firm to have total reuse projects (for irrigation and/or flushing waster closets) in New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, Washington D.C., and Virginia. NSI has been involved with many LEED projects for treatment and reuse of both wastewater and stormwater, including four (4) registered LEED-NC Platinum rated projects.  We are currently working through design or construction of four (4) more LEED-NC Platinum, including two (2) Living Building Challenge projects.

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