The award recognizes unique remedial designs that advance dam safety and reflect the professional engineering and construction standards that dam safety requires
The Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) was the 2014 recipient of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) National Rehabilitation Project of the Year Award.
TRWD was recognized for its rehabilitation work on the Eagle Mountain Spillway Dam located in Fort Worth, Texas, which was completed in 2013. As the general contractor on the project, Hayward Baker Inc. (HBI) performed a grouting program to reduce seepage.Image: texas2.jpg Publication Date: March 31, 2015
The utility is the first in South Carolina and the 11th in North America to receive the Directors Award for a distribution system optimization program
Powdersville Water is the first utility in South Carolina to achieve the Directors Award in the Partnership for Safe Water’s Distribution System Optimization Program, and one of only 11 nationwide. Powdersville Water received this award for successfully completing a comprehensive self-assessment of distribution system operations, a significant achievement towards ensuring the delivery of safe, high-quality water to the community.Image: award2.jpg Publication Date: March 31, 2015
The distribution partnership expands the company's Eastern U.S. market reach
Terra Novo announced that Pennsylvania-based JMD Co., one of the largest privately owned geosynthetic and erosion control product providers in the country, is its new distributor.
JMD Co. will offer the Terra Novo's EarthGuard family of products in JMD's seven locations spanning Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.Image: handshake.jpg Publication Date: March 30, 2015
DC has the most Energy Star buildings of any city in the U.S.; followed by Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its seventh-annual list of the top 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2014. This year, Washington, D.C., debuts in the top spot with 480 buildings. EPA’s Energy Star Top Cities list shows how cities across America, with help from Energy Star, are embracing energy efficiency as an effective way to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change.Image: washingtondc.jpg Publication Date: March 30, 2015
The partnership to operate the 70-mile distribution system and deliver 5,000 acre-ft of recycled water annually will continue through 2017
Park Water Co. has been awarded a two-year extension to its current contract to operate and maintain Central Basin Municipal Water District’s E. Thornton Ibbetson Century Water Recycling Project in Los Angeles County. The total value of the contract award is more than $500,000. With this contract extension, Park Water’s partnership with Central Basin to operate its 70-mile distribution system and deliver 5,000 acre-ft of recycled water annually will continue through 2017.Image: losangeles2.jpg Publication Date: March 27, 2015
A total of 750 iron tree grates will be replaced
Grand Rapids, Mich., is completing the replacement of 750 old iron tree grates with Porous Pave XL. Porous Pave is a pour-in-place surfacing material that consists of recycled rubber, stone aggregate and a binder.
The first phase of the project was completed in September 2014 before the annual ArtPrize event. The city had Porous Pave tree surrounds installed to replace 250 cracked and broken grates that presented the most serious tripping hazard in the three square miles of downtown. An additional 500 grates will be replaced by July 2015.Image: 901702_32076356.jpg Publication Date: March 27, 2015
Industry experts will discuss water conservation and give a local perspective on the global water crisis
With the exception of the polar ice caps, the Great Lakes system is the largest source of freshwater in the world. Lake Michigan is the largest public drinking water supply in Illinois, serving nearly 6.6 million people who use close to 1 billion gal of water each day.Image: lake4.jpg Publication Date: March 26, 2015
The partnership will help meet the need for reliable, affordable and environmentally sustainable hydropower
The U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of the Army for Civil Works announced that the three agencies have extended their partnership to advance hydropower development for an additional five years. The renewal agreement commits the agencies to a specific, ambitious agenda for hydropower, building upon their Memorandum of Understanding for Hydropower (MOU) signed on March 24, 2010.Image: hyropower.jpg Publication Date: March 26, 2015
Cleaning up hazardous waste sites protects human health, raises property value and facilitates the economic restoration of communities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added two hazardous waste sites that pose risks to human health and the environment to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. In addition, the agency is proposing to add six additional sites to the list.Image: hazardous.jpg Publication Date: March 26, 2015
Delegates also called on Congress to support full funding for WIFIA and for drinking water and wastewater state revolving loan fund programs, and to protect the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds
In hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill March 18, water utility leaders urged U.S. Congress to increase the effectiveness of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) by repealing a ban on the use of tax-exempt bonds in WIFIA-funded projects.
Signed into law in 2014, WIFIA provides low-interest federal loans for up to 49% of large drinking water, wastewater and water reuse projects. However, as written the law prohibits tax-exempt bonds from funding the remaining 51%, taking away the most cost-effective tool for communities that seek WIFIA loans.Image: capitol.jpg Publication Date: March 25, 2015
The event provides an opportunity for water professionals to advocate for national policies that advance clean and safe waters in support of a healthy, sustainable environment
A group of U.S. water sector organizations will join forces next month in Washington, DC for Water Week 2015. Scheduled for April 12 to 18, 2015, the second annual event provides an opportunity for water professionals to advocate for national policies that advance clean and safe waters in support of a healthy, sustainable environment.Image: america.jpg Publication Date: March 25, 2015
Wesley C. Zech, PhD, LEED AP was recognized for his presentation, “Evaluation of Inlet Protection Practices Using Large‐scale Testing Techniques.”
International Erosion Control Assn. Region One (IECA) named to Wesley C. Zech, PhD, LEED AP its Environmental Connection 2015 Presenter of the Year for his presentation, “Evaluation of Inlet Protection Practices Using Large‐scale Testing Techniques.”Image: ZECH_AU_HEAD_SHOT-HIGH_RESOLUTION.jpg Publication Date: March 24, 2015
The group also will meet to discuss the establishment of a new product stewardship initiative
A group of five associations, representing the water sector and the nonwoven fabrics industry, announced that they are working collaboratively on the joint development of a new edition of guidelines that will influence product design and support the marketing of nonwoven products as “flushable,” with no adverse effects on wastewater systems.Image: toilet2.jpg Publication Date: March 24, 2015
Standards address well integrity, water protection and disclosure of chemicals
Following a public process that included more than 1.5 million public comments, on March 20, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell released final standards that will support safe and responsible hydraulic fracturing on public and American Indian lands. The standards will improve safety and help protect groundwater by updating requirements for well-bore integrity, wastewater disposal and public disclosure of chemicals.Image: fracking.jpg Publication Date: March 24, 2015 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
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The facility is the only Pennsylvania facility to earn the Presidents Award this year
Pennsylvania American Water’s Norristown Water Treatment Plant, which serves approximately 32,000 customers in Montgomery County, has received the Presidents Award from the Partnership for Safe Water. The program is a volunteer initiative developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, American Water Works Assn. and other organizations representing water suppliers that continuously provide water quality that surpasses regulatory standards.Image: award2.jpg Publication Date: March 23, 2015
International collaboration between biologists and geographers will benefit students and China's Poyang Lake
Researchers from Central Michigan University’s (CMU) College of Science and Technology recently traveled more than 7,200 miles to address watershed health issues in Poyang Lake, China’s largest freshwater lake, located in Jiangxi Province.
Bin Li, CMU geography professor and leader of the collaboration, said the trip was an investment in creating opportunities for students and building research relations with Jiangxi Normal University.Image: china.jpg Publication Date: March 23, 2015
The partnership has received national attention and three awards since its formation less than a year ago
The City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD), Openlands and Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) partnership known as "Space to Grow" received a New Champions award from the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA). This organization recognizes the efforts of hundreds of organizations working to promote opportunities for physical activity among people in various settings, physical abilities and ages.Image: unnamed (12).jpg Publication Date: March 20, 2015
Drought resiliency and energy savings through water conservation will be focus of fourth annual national awareness campaign
With at least 36 states facing water shortages this year, mayors across the country will be asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water and cut pollution by taking part in a national contest aimed at drastically slashing water and energy use across the nation—and in return residents can win a new Toyota Prius Plug-In, water-saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes.Image: water34.jpg Publication Date: March 20, 2015
The city also received the Large Program Award in 2012
The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has recognized the city of Raleigh (N.C.) Stormwater Management Div.’s sedimentation and erosion control program as the Large Program Award winner. During its March 17, 2015 meeting, the Raleigh city council honored the program for winning the award for the second time in four years.
The award recognizes the sedimentation and erosion control program for excellence and effectiveness.Image: StormwaterAward.JPG Publication Date: March 19, 2015
The 50-mile pipeline project will be completed this month
The Southern Delivery System (SDS), one of the largest water projects under construction in the western U.S., will complete its 50 miles of pipeline construction this month.Image: N2B Pipe.jpg Publication Date: March 19, 2015