Agency reminds facilities about regulations for chemical release during dangerous weather events
As hurricane season approaches, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a Hazardous Weather Release Prevention and Reporting alert to remind facility operators of certain regulations that require minimization of chemical releases during process shutdown operations.
This alert is designed to increase awareness among facility operators about their obligation to operate facilities safely and report chemical releases in a timely manner.Image: EPA Disasters.jpg Publication Date: May 31, 2016
2gH Solutions LLC will represent Veolia Water Technologies Canada Inc. line of products in U.S.
2gH Solutions LLC announced it has secured an exclusive agreement with Veolia Water Technologies Canada Inc. to represent its Hydrovex line of flow control products for all storm water applications in the continental USA.
With more than 10,000 installations across the USA and Canada, Veolia Water Technologies Canada is the leading manufacturer and supplier of flow control products to the storm water industry in North America.Image: 2gH & Veolia Agreement.jpg Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Housing community includes extensive storm water management
Since Neal Communities began development of the new Grand Palm Housing Community, in Venice, Fla. in 2012, Oldcastle Precast Cape Coral has been supplying underground precast concrete products to build the storm water and wastewater conveyance structures required around the community.Image: Oldcastle.jpg Publication Date: May 27, 2016
Agency seeks public comment through July 18
The EPA proposed revisions to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations May 18. They would make specific targeted changes to the existing regulations and would not reopen them for other specific or comprehensive revision.
EPA is seeking comment on proposed changes, which include eliminating regulatory and application form inconsistencies; improving permit documentation, transparency and oversight; clarifying existing regulations; and deleting outdated provisions.Image: NPDES.jpg Publication Date: May 27, 2016
The Conservation Fund and Park Pride earns Rain Catcher Award for Lindsay Street Park project
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized The Conservation Fund and Park Pride with the regional 2016 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Neighborhood and Community Category for the Lindsay Street Park project in Atlanta. The award was given at a ceremony during the EPA Region 4 International Erosion Control Association Municipal Wet Weather Storm Water Conference in Nashville, Tenn.Image: Rain Catcher Award.jpg Publication Date: May 26, 2016
EPA Wetlands Report points to need for better monitoring and protection of wetlands
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the first-ever National Wetland Condition Assessment. The report shows nearly half of the nation’s wetlands are in good health, while 20% are in fair health and the remaining 32% are in poor health. The ecoregion west of the Rocky Mountains scored lowest overall, with 21% of the wetlands in good condition, 18% in fair and 61% in poor condition.Image: US Wetlands.jpg Publication Date: May 26, 2016
Four students earn $1,000 scholarship awards for poster presentations
The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation gave Farvolden Awards of $1,000 to four students for paper or poster presentations made at the 2016 NGWA Groundwater Summit, April 24 to 27 in Denver, Colo.
Given in honor of the late Dr. Robert N. Farvolden, former science counsel for the National Ground Water Assn., the awards are made based on the quality of the presentation; content, including contribution to groundwater science, engineering, management or policy; and demonstrated insight on the chosen topic.Image: Farvolden Awards.jpg Publication Date: May 25, 2016
Prescribed Fires Reduce Tree Death from Drought
A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service shows thinning forests with prescribed fire can reduce the effects of drought. Climate change is expected to amplify drought conditions in California so using science to better understand the impacts of drought is of great importance to resource managers such as the National Park Service.Image: Comparison of Upper Lewis Creek previously treated with prescribed fire. Top is before fire; bottom is after. Publication Date: May 25, 2016
Hydro Intl. and United Way clear garbage from creek
Portland, Maine-based Hydro Intl., a global supplier of products and services used for the treatment of storm water and wastewater, worked with United Way and the Cumberland Country Soil and Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) to clean up trash from the Long Creek Watershed May 19. The waste collected during this collaborative volunteer day will be used in a research study to enhance water quality treatment across the country and the world.Image: Hydro Intl. volunteers John Larson, Dave Mongeau and Kristy Greco remove trash along Long Creek. Company Reference: Hydro International - Stormwater Hydro International - Wastewater Publication Date: May 24, 2016
Hamilton Manufacturing Inc. earns President’s “E” Award for Exports
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Hamilton Manufacturing Inc. (HMI) with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. Accepting the award for HMI was CEO Christy Hamilton, President Tom Eames and Vice-President Matt Smith.Image: Export award.jpg Company Reference: Hamilton Mfg. Inc. Publication Date: May 24, 2016
Organizations awarded for the 2016 Data Innovation Challenge
The California Water Board recognized CloudCompli for its winning entry in the board's inaugural Data Innovation Challenge.
The Data Innovation Challenge was issued following the California Water Board Data Fair to "create applications, visualizations and other tools to help harness publicly available water data related to climate change adaptation, regulatory oversight, and water quality."Image: CloudCompli Awarded.jpg Publication Date: May 23, 2016
Minister Glen Murray to speak at conference exploring leverage of green infrastructure assets
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities announced Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Glen R. Murray, MPP, will be a keynote speaker at Grey to Green 2016: Addressing Climate Change with Green Infrastructure.Image: Grey to Green.jpg Publication Date: May 23, 2016
Kurt Kelsey will fill the two-year term with potential for re-appointment
Director of Technical Services for American Excelsior Co., Kurt Kelsey, was recently named Chairman of Subcommittee D18.25 onErosion and Sediment Control Technology for ASTM International.Image: Kurt Kelsey Company Reference: American Excelsior Co. Publication Date: May 20, 2016
Bipartisan Policy Center’s executive council on infrastructure lays out vision for increasing public-private partnerships and private capital
To help address the $2 trillion in infrastructure needs facing the country, a group of leading CEOs and former elected officials released a report calling for a major culture change in how the U.S. funds infrastructure projects.Image: New Investing Model AW.jpg Company Reference: American Water Publication Date: May 20, 2016
Funding targets critical problems in rural and agricultural watersheds
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $10.7 million in funding for research that could solve critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States. This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).Image: USDA Water Research.jpg Publication Date: May 19, 2016
Coastal advocates support restoration and dedicated coastal funds
The America's Wetland Foundation (AWF) released results of its recent online selected coastal leaders survey that show high concern among respondents about the state of Louisiana's coast.Image: Louisiana Coastline.jpg Publication Date: May 19, 2016
Award is highest recognition U.S. entity can receive for making significant contribution to expansion of U.S. exports
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Bio-Microbics Inc. with the President’s “E Star” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E Star” Award (having received the “E” Award four years prior for eligibility) is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. Bio-Microbics was the only Kansas company to receive an "E Star" Award this year, joining 21 other companies across the country who met an eight-year export growth threshold.Image: BioMicrobics_USAPresidents_E_STAR_AWARD.JPG Company Reference: Bio-Microbics, Inc. Bio-Microbics, Inc. Publication Date: May 18, 2016
Deadline for abstract submissions is May 31
The International Erosion Control Assn. is accepting speaker submissions for Environmental Connection 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia to be held at Cobb Galleria Centre Feb. 21 through 24.Image: IECA Presenters.jpg Company Reference: IECA Publication Date: May 18, 2016
New category recognizes innovation in reality modeling
Bentley Systems Inc., a provider of software solutions for infrastructure, announced its call for submissions to the 2016 Be Inspired Awards program.Image: Be Inspired Awards.png Company Reference: Bentley Systems Inc. Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Water agencies address America's deferred maintenance crisis, highlight areas of innovation
The Value of Water Coalition kicked off Infrastructure Week with a national tour of water sector innovators. There is no doubt the infrastructure crises facing the country are vast—from roads and rails to ports and pipes. In the water sector, the infrastructure crisis comes in the form of hundred-year-old systems. There are water main breaks every two minutes across the country and severe stresses on systems, from flooding to drought, which make in increasingly difficult to maintain a safe, reliable water supply. But there are some advancing solutions to the nation's water challenges.Image: InfraWeek.jpg Publication Date: May 17, 2016