Acquisition complements Forterra drainage pipes, products
Forterra announced that it has acquired affiliated companies Bio Clean Environmental Services Inc. and Modular Wetlands Systems Inc. The entities offer a range of storm water quality and biofiltration technologies that filter pollutants and remove sediment in accordance with local standards.
The purchase includes the Modular Wetlands product line and all related intellectual property. This acquisition complements Forterra’s drainage pipe and products business.Image: 8.8 one-man-one-team-1236724.jpg Company Reference: Bio Clean Environmental Services Inc. Modular Wetlands Systems Inc. Publication Date: August 08, 2016
Plan to affect more than 100 Utah Department of Transportation facilities
Michael Baker Intl. announced it is working with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) to develop a comprehensive storm water management plan and individual storm water pollution prevention plans for more than 100 maintenance and equipment facilities operated by UDOT.Image: 8.8 canyonlands-np-1623028-1279x960.jpg Company Reference: Michael Baker Intl. Publication Date: August 08, 2016
Honors include Awards of Excellence, Divisional Awards, new Fellow designations
The National Groundwater Assn. (NGWA) announced the recipients of its 2016 Awards of Excellence, Divisional Awards and new Fellow designations, which will be presented this December during Groundwater Week in Las Vegas.
Stewart Krause of Wyo-Ben Inc. in Billings, Mont., received NGWA’s top honor as recipient of the Ross L. Oliver Award for outstanding contributions to the groundwater industry.
Other 2016 NGWA award recipients include:
Awards of ExcellenceImage: 8.4 water-body-macro-shot-1388772-1278x944.jpg Publication Date: August 04, 2016
New features connect users to funding opportunities
SplashLink unveiled changes to its website, which now offers a more organized and convenient browsing experience. The redesigned homepage with new features helps connect users to more than $130 million daily in funding opportunities for water projects.
SplashLink simplified the research process for funding opportunities with the new My Desk feature to reduce the time users spend tracking, locating, and applying for opportunities and projects. Subscribers and free-trial users can easily access bookmarked projects, funding opportunities and companies from the directory.Image: 8.3 keyboard-1198309.jpg Publication Date: August 03, 2016
American Water Charitable Foundation awards grants to Iowa, Virginia projects
The American Water Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created by American Water, announced it is awarding two grants to underwrite local water- and nature-based play spaces within American Water service areas. The grants are being administered as part of the foundation’s partnership with the National Recreation and Park Assn. (NRPA) for the Building Better Communities signature grant program. NRPA directly administers the program, with funding made possible by the American Water Charitable Foundation.Image: 8. a-river-in-the-park-1366715-1280x960.jpg Company Reference: American Water Publication Date: August 03, 2016
Researchers analyze Colorado, Louisiana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania local governments
Researchers found that most local governments in Colorado, Louisiana, North Dakota and Pennsylvania—states with very active fracking—have no regulations to address problems caused by local fracking activities.
In “Local Land Use Planning Responses to Hydraulic Fracturing,” which was published in the Journal of the American Planning Assn., Carolyn G. Loh, associate professor at Wayne State University, and Anna C. Osland, founder and principal of Anna C. Osland Consulting, surveyed 140 local governments in Colorado, Louisiana, North Dakota and Pennsylvania.Image: 8.2 cracked-dirt-1562400-1278x913.jpg Publication Date: August 02, 2016
Public-private partnership transforms to independent, non-profit entity
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an executive order to transform the Millennium Reserve from a public-private partnership to an independent, non-profit entity.Image: 8.2 sunrise-over-the-fields-1357843-1279x829.jpg Publication Date: August 02, 2016
PWX 2016 will offer new learning experiences, networking opportunities
The American Public Works Assn. (APWA) announced the rebranding its annual conference to PWX, or Public Works Expo, which replaces the former conference name: the International Public Works Congress & Exposition. Held Aug. 28 to 31 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, PWX 2016 will provide new inclusive learning experiences, technologies and networking opportunities for more than 5,000 public works professionals.Image: 8.1 minneapolis-skyline-1228508-1279x852.jpg Company Reference: American Public Works Association Publication Date: August 01, 2016
DOJ, EPA, NDEP reach agreement regarding NDOT’s storm water permit
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP) have reached an agreement with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) to resolve alleged violations of NDOT’s storm water permit. The agreement requires NDOT to establish a storm water management program to control pollutants entering waters, spend $200,000 on an environmental project that will provide real-time water quality data to the public and pay $60,000 each to EPA and NDEP.Image: 8.1 red-rock-canyon-4-1395032-1280x960.jpg Publication Date: August 01, 2016
Tool helps utility decision-makers determine cost-effective materials
The Ductile Iron Pipe Research Assn. (DIPRA) announced a new life cycle cost analysis model for utility officials and professional engineers. Developed by a research team at the University of Michigan, the tool can be used to evaluate multiple factors affecting pipes, thus allowing them to determine cost-effectiveness beyond initial expense, including costs associated with environmental impacts.Image: 7.29 pvc-pipes-1252920-640x480.jpg Publication Date: July 29, 2016
Intergovernmental agreement leads to cleaner waters, safer streets
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) entered into an intergovernmental agreement with the Cook County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) in Cook County, Ill., to expand CCSO's Prescription Drug Take-Back program.Image: Blue Medsafe boxes are located at several MWRD plant locations Publication Date: July 28, 2016
Machine’s diesel engine meets California emission standards
FINN Corp. has introduced the first large tank HydroSeeder with a CARB Compliant, Tier 4 Final Diesel Engine in California. The machine is powered by a Cummins QSB 4.5 liter diesel engine and meets the state of California’s emissions standards for diesel powered machinery. The FINN Titan 400 HydroSeeder unit was purchased by a California firm that provides a variety of erosion control services in the western U.S.Image: 7.27 farm-land-1558948-640x480.jpg Company Reference: Finn Corp. Publication Date: July 27, 2016
Company to pay $15,000 civil penalty
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 reached a proposed administrative settlement with Goodrum Farm CR314 LLC in Butler County, Mo., to resolve alleged violations of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA). As part of the settlement, the company has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $15,000.Image: 7.27 wetlands-at-sunset-1409535-639x442.jpg Publication Date: July 27, 2016
Water quality scientist Laura Christianson researches how to reduce Nitrogen in the Gulf
Water quality scientist Laura Christianson began working on a solution to the “dead zone”—an area with dangerously low levels of oxygen—in the Gulf of Mexico. Christianson lives more than 1,000 miles north of the Gulf in Illinois, but human activity in the Mississippi River basin, which connects to the Gulf, can lead to major water quality issues downstream.Image: dead zone.jpg Publication Date: July 27, 2016
DC Water, Water Environment Federation provide industry resource
The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) launched a website for the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP), an in-development national certification for green infrastructure (GI) construction, inspection and maintenance workers. The website, www.ngicp.org, is a resource for program news and updates, industry and certification resources, and regional training opportunities.Image: 7.22 server-concept-5-1236244-639x426.jpg Publication Date: July 26, 2016
EPA welcomes public comments on proposal for 60 days
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its partial decision on Missouri’s 2016 list of impaired waters. EPA is approving Missouri’s list of 307 waters that are impaired by one or more pollutants and the removal of 16 water bodies from the list. The agency also proposes to add four water bodies and corresponding pollutants to the list.Image: 7.21 lake-at-sunset-1480886-639x481.jpg Publication Date: July 26, 2016
The event recognizes reinforced concrete pipe, precast concrete products
National Concrete Pipe Week announced its theme: “Concrete Pipe and Precast: Maintaining Resiliency.” Held Aug. 14 to 20, the event recognizes the importance of reinforced concrete pipe and precast concrete products. The contributions of thousands of workers, hundreds of manufacturing plants and other industries that support concrete pipe producers will be acknowledged during the week-long celebration.Image: CPWPoster2016 OFFICIAL.jpg Company Reference: American Concrete Pipe Assn. Publication Date: July 25, 2016
More than 10,000 oak tree saplings distributed under “Restore a Canopy, Plant a Tree” initiative
In only two months, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) has distributed more than 10,000 oak tree saplings across Cook County, Ill., as part of the agency's new "Restore the Canopy, Plant a Tree" initiative.Image: 7.25 oak-tree-1533427-638x425.jpg Publication Date: July 25, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
MWRD Works to Restore Cook County Canopy, Eliminate Flooding
2016 conference to be held July 26 to 28 in La Crosse, Wis.
IECA Great Connections announced the technical program for the Great Connections 2016 conference. The conference will be held at the La Cross Center in La Crosse, Wis., July 26 to 28. Registration is still open for the event and the three full-day and two half-day courses.
The course titles include:Image: 7.22 sunset-over-river-valley-1333059-639x413.jpg Company Reference: IECA Publication Date: July 22, 2016