Water intakes are a human necessity. Water is used to power our cities and water crops among thousands of other things. When water is diverted to places like canals or hydroelectric turbine intakes, fish and other marine life can be injured or killed in the process. This is an adverse effect of serving the human need. There has been a recent push to look for new and innovative ideas about how to improve fish exclusion.

The Fish Escape Diversion, FishED for short, is a new fish exclusion device and technology for water intakes.

The Carroll Biz Challenge

Image courtesy the Carroll Biz Challenge


It’s like American Idol meets Shark Tank. Dozens of entrepreneurs will enter. Five will be chosen to pitch their ideas before a panel of judges and a live audience. Only one will walk away with the grand prize.

FishED was selected as a finalist in the 2019 Carroll Biz Challenge. On August 8th, we will compete for cash and prizes valued at more than $18,000.

We look forward to the opportunity to share this important idea with the world and look to move the concept from idea to production in the coming months. Winning the Carroll Biz Challenge will be the first of several exciting steps along this new journey to improve the world one intake at a time.

Follow us on Facebook for our progress and plan to attend the event to witness our pitch live!

About Brian E. Wagner, P.E.

Brian E. Wagner, P.E.

Brian is a licensed Professional Engineer who has spent his career focused on site/civil engineering. He has worked throughout Maryland and southern Pennsylvania on a variety of engineering projects from residential subdivisions to commercial and heavy industrial site work. Through the process, he has become an expert in stormwater management and drainage. Brian has presented at local and national conferences on engineering topics including his review of the first Ellicott City flood in 2016. He is an expert in water conveyance and control.

Brian resides just outside of Taneytown, Carroll County, Maryland with his wife and two young children. He enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his family.