November 15, 2023

Wyden, Merkley Announce Nearly $400,000 for Bend Small Business to Research Environmental Solutions

EPA resources for LeapFrog Designs will be used on development of graywater technologies

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced a nearly $400,000 federal grant to LeapFrog Designs in Bend to develop a nature-based treatment technology to reuse onsite non-potable graywater. Graywater is wastewater from sources like kitchen sinks, bathtubs, showers and washing machines that do not include human waste.

“Smart and effective solutions to water shortages generated by the climate crisis will often come from small businesses just like LeapFrog Designs with its ethic of innovation and creativity,” said Wyden. “I’m gratified this Bend company has secured this federal investment, and will keep working to support these small businesses in Oregon and across the nation while also investing in the green economy of the future.”

“Investing in Oregon’s small businesses that create climate-friendly innovations and solutions is a win-win for local economies and the environment. LeapFrog in Bend is employing a creative use of technology that works to address both water scarcity and water pollution,” said Merkley. “This investment will create local jobs, protect the environment, and help keep small businesses competitive.”

The $399,618 grant to LeapFrog Designs from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Small Business Innovation Research program is for researching solutions to complex climate issues.

“Water scarcity and water pollution are huge problems nationwide and worldwide,” said Nick Sund, LeapFrog Designs Co-Founder and Head of Product. “Water reuse solves both simultaneously.”

“Often, climate change issues seem insurmountable,” said Adam DeHeer, LeapFrog Designs Co-Founder and CEO. “The coral die-off that Hawai’i is seeing may be a problem we can solve, in a timeline that feels attainable within our lifetimes. We’re thankful to the EPA for funding our work to help solve this and many other water scarcity issues.”