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Jul 19, 2013 8:23 PM by Samantha Ptashkin

Farming Tilapia at the Roger Road sewage plant

TUCSON - Southern Arizona doesn't really make the map when it comes to fresh fish.

But one UA professor looking to change that. The Roger Road sewage plant is on the chopping block for a $32 million demolition.

But one Environmental Sciences professor wants to save it.

He wants to create a private-public partnership for breeding fish and exploring uses for recycled water. He says it could save demolition dollars and potentially create jobs.

"We feed the fish, the waste is broken down and it comes to the plants, the plants filter that water, clean it up and it goes right back to the fish again," he says.

The county has also called on a kentucky professor.. Who specializes in converting plants.. Into fish farms.

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