Florida Gulf Coast University will use the facility to study environmental sustainability & renewable energy
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and Leo A Daly were honored with the Award of Merit for Unbuilt Commercial or Institutional Work by the Palm Beach Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Emergent Technologies Institute is the first building designed at FGCU’s new 6.5-acre campus located within a new 240-acre research park. The new developer-driven research park will focus on environmental sustainability.
The research park will study sustainable energy through weather stations, solar technologies, improving farming applications and energy storage.Image: Photo: LEO A DALY Publication Date: December 29, 2014
Upscale golf facility near Los Angeles embarks on state’s largest turf removal project to save money & cut water usage
After several years of trimming at the edges and avoiding the inevitable, the leadership at North Ranch Country Club, 30 miles north of Los Angeles, came to the realization that the area would never again see water in plentiful supply to maintain 175 acres of turf on its 27-hole private golf facility.
The cost was too great. The choice to continue to use the current water allocation was not feasible.Image: northranch.jpg Publication Date: December 29, 2014
The 24-hour hotline allows for public input to help control waterways pollution
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) 1-800-332-DUMP hotline was instituted in 1989, and since then the 24-hour hotline has received and investigated thousands of calls.
The MWRD recognized the need for public input when companies, businesses and individuals continued to violate the Clean Water Act of 1972 by dumping toxic waste into waterways and sewers and rarely faced penalties.Image: 19-08-8.jpg Publication Date: December 29, 2014
XTO Energy Inc. must pay a $2.3 million civil penalty for violating the Clean Water Act
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that XTO Energy Inc. (XTO), a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, will spend an estimated $3 million to restore eight sites damaged by unauthorized discharges of fill material into streams and wetlands in connection with hydraulic fracturing operations. XTO will also implement a comprehensive plan to comply with federal and state water protection laws at the company’s West Virginia oil and gas extraction facilities that use horizontal drilling methods.Image: Rig_wind_river.jpg Publication Date: December 26, 2014
The document contains information on selection of candidate sites & expectations for data collection
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a draft of a document titled, "Regional Monitoring Networks to Detect Climate Change Effects in Stream Ecosystems."Image: file000465594297.jpg Publication Date: December 26, 2014
Kleinfelder was selected to develop the plan, which will address six areas of climate change preparation
The town of Swampscott, Mass., has selected Kleinfelder to develop an integrated climate change coastal resiliency and flood control plan to help the community plan and prepare for sea level rise, flooding from extreme rainfall and intense storm surges.
Paid for by a $70,100 Coastal Community Resilience Grant, the project contains six goals:Image: 3032802439_56fc73808d_z.jpg Publication Date: December 25, 2014
Congress passed $1.1 trillion in spending; contains $2.6 million for the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network
On Dec. 16, 2014 President Barack Obama signed the bill funding the federal government through fiscal year 2015.
The money allows the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to provide cost-share grants to states in the form of cooperative agreements to upgrade monitoring networks to national standards and to incorporate wells into the network. The funding also will support additional work by USGS to manage the network and provide data access to the public through an Internet web portal.
EPA’s cases resulted in $163 million in combined federal administrative, civil judicial penalties and criminal fines
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual enforcement and compliance results reflecting a focus on large cases driving industry compliance and that have a high impact on protecting public health and the environment.
In fiscal year 2014, EPA enforcement actions required companies to invest more than $9.7 billion in actions and equipment to control pollution and clean up contaminated sites.
Results include:Image: water-conserve.jpg Publication Date: December 24, 2014
The grant program is funded by the EPA and supports local environmental education projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of $2,730,000 of funding for Environmental Education Local Grants. The maximum allowed grant under the program is $91,000.Image: educationfunding.jpg Publication Date: December 24, 2014
Tampa Lowry Park Zoo and Keep Tampa Beautiful received $10,000 in grants
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo will use the funds to make source water protection a consistent theme in its education and outreach efforts. The Zoo is in the early stages of planning initiatives that will shape its role in conservation and source water protection over the next quarter century. The grant funding will go to developing education materials, exhibits, signage, website content and other educational programming.Image: tampabay.JPG Publication Date: December 23, 2014
Philadelphia Water Department and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation award grants to 13 projects
The Stormwater Management Incentives Program (SMIP) is a grant program designed to be a catalyst for transforming large, commercial impervious properties that generate high volumes of storm water runoff and burden the city’s sewer system and waterways into properties that build and maintain green storm water management practices. These practices include rain gardens, vegetated infiltration basins, porous asphalt, and green roofs.Image: dollarsign.jpg Publication Date: December 23, 2014
Regulations protect communities from the harmful effects of coal ash by meeting the federal minimum criteria
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the first national regulations to provide for the safe disposal of coal combustion residuals (coal ash) from coal-fired power plants. The final rule establishes safeguards to protect communities from coal ash impoundment failures, like the catastrophic Kingston, Tenn., spill in 2008, and establishes safeguards to prevent groundwater contamination and air emissions from coal ash disposal.Image: CIMG0729.JPG Publication Date: December 23, 2014
Hex Chrome is proven to be a carcinogen when inhaled at elevated levels
The Water Research Foundation (WRF), completed bench- and pilot-scale testing to explore treatment process efficacies for removing hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) from the District’s groundwater supplies. The primary goals of this study were to evaluate Cr(VI) removal performance of strong base anion exchange (SBA-IX) and to compare and validate commercially available SBA-IX resin performance in terms of Cr(VI) exchange capacity, regeneration quality, and frequency requirements.Image: water-drop.jpg Publication Date: December 22, 2014
Purified wastewater could meet the water needs of 8 million people in California
Prolonged and severe droughts and other factors have made water supplies increasingly scarce in California, Texas and many other regions of the United States, as well as elsewhere around the globe. A viable and affordable solution for many communities is to turn their wastewater into purified drinking water, according to a new WateReuse Research Foundation White Paper.Image: DSC03501-C.jpg Publication Date: December 22, 2014
Eight ski companies fined for failing to comply with the federal Oil Pollution Prevention Regulations
New England ski resorts have a legal responsibility to create and implement updated oil spill prevention plans to be in compliance with federal oil pollution prevention laws. Adhering to “Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure” rules helps ensure that the local environment in the communities in which they operate are better protected from the potential of a damaging oil spill.Image: file6851294259769.jpg Publication Date: December 22, 2014
Kleinfelder project named Best Water/Environment Project of 2014
Engineering News-Record Northeast (ENR Northeast) has named the Alewife Stormwater Wetlands the “Best Water/Environment Project of 2014.”
A jury of engineers, architects and scientists representing ENR’s 10 regional editions selected the project its design, innovative technical delivery, and health and safety standards throughout the three-year project.Image: unnamed (4).jpg Publication Date: December 19, 2014
EPA charged with ignoring the 2003 ruling ordering the agency to correct & strengthen rules for urban runoff
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) have sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen standards to prevent pollution from storm water, one of the nation’s most widespread forms of water pollution. More than a decade ago a federal appeals court ordered EPA to strengthen those protections, but the agency has failed to take action.Image: lawsuit.jpg Publication Date: December 19, 2014 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
Environmentalists Sue EPA
Ecosystem valuing, increased mitigation, streamlined processes & environmental exchanges needed to attract funding
The America’s Wetland Foundation (AWF) has released findings from its recent convening of diverse costal leaders, calling for cooperation within the science community on setting ecosystem values along the Gulf Coast to attract private sector investment in coastal restoration.Image: Gulf-Coast-Wetlands.jpg Publication Date: December 18, 2014
The MS4 permit aims to reduce pollution from storm water runoff & restore polluted parts of the river
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues the Middle Rio Grande Watershed Based Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit that establishes requirements to reduce pollution carried by storm water runoff and restore portions of the Middle Rio Grande River that do not meet water quality standards.Image: Rio_Grande_River_Bed.JPG Publication Date: December 18, 2014 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
EPA Issues Albuquerque-Area Permit to Protect Rio Grande River
California Project Achieves Certification for Sustainable Transportation Construction and Traffic Solutions
The city of Santa Ana's $10.2 million traffic widening project was completed in November
TheBristol Street Widening Project is the first project in Southern California to achieve Greenroads Bronze Certification for its commitment to sustainable transportation construction and traffic solutions.
Bristol Street Phase 2 is a major north-south corridor traffic improvement project that carries more than 42,000 vehicles each day and runs through the heart of Santa Ana. The project was substantially complete in November.Image: Photo: Greenroads Publication Date: December 17, 2014