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EPA Directs Efforts to Clean Up Yosemite Slough

Tue, 2016-12-27 08:14
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Site contains high levels of contaminants

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached two settlements with several parties to begin cleanup of Yosemite Slough, an inter-tidal water channel in the Bayview District of San Francisco. The site contains high levels of contaminants, especially PCBs and lead, which are hazardous for the plants and animals that live in the slough. People can also be at risk if they eat contaminated fish and shellfish.

Source:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Publication Date:  December 27, 2016

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NewTechBio Technology Corrects Algae-Infested Site

Mon, 2016-12-26 07:05
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Solution needs to meet National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System requirements

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Savannah River Remediation LLC group evaluated 26 aquatic augmentation remediation technologies and selected NewTechBio's NT-MAX Lake and Pond Sludge Digester, a microbial-based beneficial bacteria, in conjunction with Hexa Armor/Rhombo cover manufactured by AWTT Inc., to correct deficiencies with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System requirements.

Source:  NewTechBio Publication Date:  December 26, 2016

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West Haven, Conn., to Improve Storm Water System

Fri, 2016-12-23 08:34
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Amended Settlement with EPA calls for upgrades

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The City of West Haven, Conn., announced it will make changes to its storm water system to ensure that local waterways are adequately protected and that the City is complying with its state permit for storm water discharges. The storm water system upgrades are included in a proposed agreement to amend a 2014 Clean Water Act Consent Decree between the City, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Connecticut.

Source:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Publication Date:  December 23, 2016

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LIUNA Training Partners with ARCSA

Thu, 2016-12-22 07:53
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MOU builds on strengths of both organizations

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The LIUNA Training and Education Fund announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Assn. (ARCSA). 

The MOU creates a partnership that will build on the strengths of both organizations and unite them in the effort to reduce storm water and provide viable, long-term solutions to freshwater shortages in the U.S. and Canada. 

Source:  American Rainwater Catchment Systems Assn. Publication Date:  December 22, 2016

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Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Updates Comprehensive Plan

Wed, 2016-12-21 07:44
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Update includes developments in gulf restoration, Funded Priorities List

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council chair, announced the approval of the Comprehensive Plan Update at the council meeting. This plan was unanimously adopted by the council, which includes the five gulf states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas) and six federal agencies (U.S. Departments of the Interior, Commerce, Agriculture and Homeland Security, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army).

Source:  Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Publication Date:  December 21, 2016

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EPA Helps 25 Communities Meet Environmental Goals, Foster Development

Wed, 2016-12-21 07:29
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EPA Helps 25 Communities Meet Environmental Goals, Foster Development

Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program offers five assistance tools

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 25 communities will receive technical assistance to pursue development strategies that advance clean air, clean water, economic development and other local goals. EPA selected the communities from among 76 applicants to the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. In 2017, EPA staff and national experts will conduct one- to two-day workshops to help the community address development-oriented issues.

Source:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Publication Date:  December 21, 2016

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St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District Rebuilds Facilities

Tue, 2016-12-20 09:31
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KAI Design & Build contracted for project

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KAI Design & Build was contracted by the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) to provide emergency relief services after historic rains and severe flooding at the end of 2015 caused the shutdown of two of its wastewater treatment plants and damage to a third plant. The total estimated damage was $11 million.

KAI worked with MSD to quickly identify the primary and secondary treatment process equipment that needed to be refurbished or replaced as a result of the flooding, as well as to develop plans and schedules to get the plants back into operation.

Source:  KAI Design & Build Publication Date:  December 20, 2016

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Crop Shelter Provides Greater Research Portability

Mon, 2016-12-19 09:27
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New study from Agriculture Victoria describes shelter

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Researchers from Agriculture Victoria in Australia released a study describing a fully-automated, portable and energy-independent rainout shelter. This new design will allow researchers to more effectively field test crop varieties for their tolerances to water stress.

Source:  American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America Publication Date:  December 19, 2016

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WRF Publishes Report on Infrastructure Funding

Fri, 2016-12-16 08:29
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WRF Publishes Report on Infrastructure Funding

Report indicates that utilities require sufficient, sustained revenue

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The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has published a new report to help utilities assess several new and emerging capital financing alternatives. The report indicates that while the new capital funding options may help, utilities still need sufficient and sustained revenue to pay for the financing, and that revenue will need to come from rates.

Source:  Water Research Foundation Publication Date:  December 16, 2016

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House Passes Water Resources Legislation

Thu, 2016-12-15 08:28
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WIIN Act would authorize more than $10 billion in water project funding

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The U.S. House of Representatives approved 360 to 61 legislation that would authorize more than $10 billion in federal dollars for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out dozens of water transportation construction projects.

Source:  ARTBA Publication Date:  December 15, 2016

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Surveyed Attendees Rate SWS Fall Virtual Expo Highly

Wed, 2016-12-14 07:47
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Surveyed Attendees Rate SWS Fall Virtual Expo Highly

2017 SWS Virtual Expos to be supplemented with live event in November

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All 659 attendees of the SWS Fall Virtual Expo, hosted online in November 2016 by Scranton Gillette Communications’ Storm Water Solutions (SWS), were emailed a 13-question survey to determine their Expo satisfaction, as well as their suggestions for future events. Of the total respondents, 96.4% ranked the Fall Virtual Expo as a good or excellent experience.

While 55% of the attendees participated in past SWS Virtual Expos, 96.3% indicated they would attend future Virtual Expos—with more than 80% saying they would attend two such events within the course of a year.

Source:  Scranton Gillette Communications Publication Date:  December 14, 2016

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House, Senate Agree to Fund WIFIA

Wed, 2016-12-14 07:33
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House, Senate Agree to Fund WIFIA

Program paves way for water infrastructure loans

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The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate negotiators agreed to provide $20 million for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) in 2017, paving the way for up to $1.2 billion in loans to support critical water infrastructure projects if approved by Congress.

Source:  American Water Works Assn. Publication Date:  December 14, 2016

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USDA Invests $33 Million in High-Priority Watersheds

Tue, 2016-12-13 09:27
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Investment to help improve water quality

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investment of more than $33 million in 197 high-priority watersheds across the country to help landowners improve water quality through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI).

Source:  U.S. Department of Agriculture Publication Date:  December 13, 2016

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Common Ground Relief Improves Wetlands in Louisiana

Mon, 2016-12-12 11:01
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EPA Gulf of Mexico Program provides funding

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gulf of Mexico Program recently announced that Common Ground Relief Inc. received a $29,998 cooperative agreement to improve wetlands in Bayou Sauvage, La., and teach area youth about their local environment. 

Source:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Publication Date:  December 12, 2016

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EPA Funds Water Conservation, Pollution Control Projects

Fri, 2016-12-09 09:49
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Three New Jersey organizations receive grants

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $399,358 to organizations in New Jersey to fund projects that will help businesses reduce chemical pollution and conserve water. These grants, which were awarded to Rowan University, the College of New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, are part of the approximately $5 million in grants the EPA awards each year to prevent pollution across the nation.

Source:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Publication Date:  December 09, 2016

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IECA Announces Keynote Speakers for Environmental Connection

Thu, 2016-12-08 11:45
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Jim Cantore, Craig Zeller to present opening, closing remarks

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The Intl. Erosion Control Assn. Region One (IECA) announced its keynote speakers for Environmental Connection 2017—IECA’s annual conference and educational event for the erosion, sediment control and storm water industry. The event will take place Feb. 21 to 24, 2017, in Atlanta.

Source:  Intl. Erosion Control Assn. Publication Date:  December 08, 2016

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NRG Dickerson Plant Found to Be Source of Potomac River Sheen

Wed, 2016-12-07 07:39
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Company agrees to join Unified Command to remedy the situation

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The Unified Command, led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has identified the NRG Dickerson Power Plant in Maryland as the source of the sheen that showed up on the Potomac River. 

Source:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Publication Date:  December 07, 2016

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T&M Associates Opens Office in Detroit

Wed, 2016-12-07 07:37
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Company offers nearly 20 U.S. locations

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T&M Associates announced the opening of a full-service office in Detroit. The new office, located in the downtown Renaissance Center, will link with T&M’s office in nearby Novi, Mich., to provide new and existing clients with consulting and technical expertise to meet their development and operational needs spurred by the region’s economic resurgence. From this regional hub, T&M will provide their full portfolio of services covering water resources, environmental, green infrastructure, health and safety, site development and solid waste.

Source:  T&M Associates Publication Date:  December 07, 2016

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Study Offers Flood-Mitigation Suggestions for Coney Island Creek

Tue, 2016-12-06 09:50
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Arcadis commissioned to publish study

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Arcadis published a study of Coney Island Creek and its surrounding areas to develop recommendations for improved flood protection that minimizes environmental impact, improves water quality, and enhances community recreation. In anticipation of climate change events, the New York City Economic Development Corp., in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency, commissioned Arcadis to prepare the study.

Arcadis’ proposed flood mitigation measures include:

Source:  Arcadis Publication Date:  December 06, 2016

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NACWA Recognizes Cities With 100% Compliance

Mon, 2016-12-05 07:42
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Gresham, New Orleans, Milwaukee earn Peak Performance Awards

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The National Assn. of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) awarded the cities of Gresham, Ore.; New Orleans; and Milwaukee Peak Performance Awards for achieving 100% compliance at their wastewater facilities. This honor recognizes Veolia's operations at each of these cities and its expertise and commitment to protecting the environment.

Source:  National Assn. of Clean Water Agencies Publication Date:  December 05, 2016

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