Decision promotes tribal self-government8.11 california-coastline-4-1400850-1280x960.jpg
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the approval of the Cortina Band of Wintun Indians’ application for “treatment in a similar manner as a state” under the federal Clean Water Act. Alexis Strauss, EPA’s acting regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest, presented the signed Certificate of Achievement to Tribal Chairman Charlie Wright in a ceremony at EPA’s offices in San Francisco.Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Publication Date: August 15, 2016
Town to install green infrastructure projects to protect Lake Erie with grant funding8.11 rondeau-at-6am-1393108.jpg
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $172,125 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to the town of Evans, N.Y., to fund green infrastructure projects to improve the quality of water entering Lake Erie. The town will use these funds to install rain gardens and bioswales, which are tracts of land designed to manage drainage, in Evans Town Park to reduce bacteria at the beach and prevent approximately 221,000 gal of untreated storm water from reaching Lake Erie.Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Publication Date: August 12, 2016
Membrane flow regulator can meet department’s flow control standards8.11 cascade-mountains-in-washingto-1409634-1279x852.jpg
2gH Solutions LLC announced that the Washington Department of Ecology has approved the Hydrovex TTT membrane flow regulator from Veolia Water Technologies Canada. The department determined that it can be used as an acceptable means to meet the department’s flow control standards established for storm water detention facilities in eastern and western Washington.Source: 2gH Solutions LLC Publication Date: August 11, 2016
LaCrosse Urban Storm Water Group, County Materials contribute to design, displays8.10 reflections-1383316-1280x960.jpg
LaCrosse, Wis., Habitat for Humanity opened a new storm water management education center—Soak it Up! The center provides an interactive experience to make storm water education accessible and enjoyable for area and regional residents.Source: County Materials Publication Date: August 10, 2016
New Boston Museum of Science exhibit studies, monitors Charles River8.10 river-1451886-1279x852.jpg
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave a grade of "B+" for the Charles River water quality during 2015. The Charles River runs through Massachusetts. Water quality improved slightly from the 2014 calendar year, but fell just short of an "A-."Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Publication Date: August 10, 2016
“Lake Champlain Edition” features new information, perspectives
The Vermont Journal of Environmental Law (VJEL) at Vermont Law School announced the publication of new information on the Lake Champlain restoration plan, the “Lake Champlain EditionImage: 8.9 lake-1497544-1280x960.jpg Publication Date: August 09, 2016
12-year study finds multiple factors involved in limiting excess nitrogen from runoff8.9 tree-1533498-1280x960.jpg
A 12-year study by Deanna Osmond, soil scientist at North Carolina State University, and colleagues yielded updated information on the effectiveness of riparian buffers in removing excess nitrogen from agricultural runoff.
The excess nitrogen can enter surface waters with devastating consequences, like Algal blooms and fish kills. But riparian buffer zones—areas of grasses, perennials or trees—between farmlands and streams or rivers can help.Source: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America Publication Date: August 09, 2016
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