Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Lisican showcases a handful of features to read in the April 2017 issue of Water & Wastes Digest.
Program benefits water quality of Lake Erie basin1.9 rondeau-at-6am-1393108.jpg
The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Soil and Water Conservation announced that the next round of funding is now available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).Source: Sidney Daily News Publication Date: January 09, 2017
Management package includes a guide, toolkit, technical assistance1.6 cactus-1392156-1280x960.jpg
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the New Mexico Environment Department and the City of Santa Fe, N.M., announced the city’s receipt of a $150,000 toolkit for managing storm water pollution. Specifically, the package will include a step-by-step guide to help the community develop long-term storm water plans, a web-based toolkit for planning, and technical assistance for the city to develop a model for other neighboring communities.Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Publication Date: January 06, 2017
Soil Science Society of America warns against salt use1.5mill-e-o-8-1483108-1279x852.jpg
The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) advised against the frequent use of salt on roads and sidewalks. According to SSSA, too much salt reduces soils’ ability to retain plant nutrients and water, and damages soil structure when it blows off pavement or flows away with melted ice.
“Soils that contain too much sodium are unable to effectively retain important plant nutrients,” said Mary Tiedeman. “Sodium in soils can also reduce plant-available water and is even toxic to many plant species.Source: Soil Science Society of America Publication Date: January 05, 2017
Project shares water quality findings1.3 lonely-memphis-1391064-1279x852.jpg
The results of the Indian Creek Watershed Project in Lake County, Ill., were tallied, and water quality improved as acreage participation increased in the nutrient management program that partnered local farmers with local, state, and national agencies, crop specialists and agribusinesses.
The watershed plan was to increase the area that had best management practices from an initial starting point of around 10% in 2010 to greater than 50% of the 51,243-acre area in 2015.Source: AgriNews Publication Date: January 04, 2017
Software package integrates with CAD packages1.3 leaf-1197355-1280x960.jpg Company Reference: XP Solutions
XP Solutions announced the release of XPDRAINAGE 2017. The Automated Stormwater Design software package helps users to create fully optimized storm water designs faster and now integrates with CAD packages.Source: XP Solutions Publication Date: January 03, 2017
Project to re-imagine workforce development in area1.3 downtown-detroit-1446939-1279x958.jpg
A team of Detroit nonprofits and businesses began work to launch an initiative focused on tackling Detroit’s storm water management. The project is designed to build upon revitalization efforts across the 300-block area surrounding Detroit’s Central High School while creating jobs for local residents.Source: Parajana Distribution Publication Date: January 03, 2017
Dam features Iowa’s first labyrinth spillwaysunset-dam-1518149-1280x960.jpg
Lake Delhi Dam received the top award, the Grand Conceptor, in the annual engineering excellence competition held by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Iowa. The annual competition recognizes engineering projects that demonstrate innovation, complexity, achievement and value.Source: Stanley Consultants Publication Date: January 02, 2017
Final document can be used by states, authorized tribes12.30pond-lily-1467105-1279x849.jpg
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a draft document, Field-Based Methods for Developing Aquatic Life Criteria for Specific Conductivity, which provides flexible approaches for developing science-based conductivity criteria for flowing waters that reflect ecoregional- or state-specific factors.Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Publication Date: December 30, 2016
Rule would affect 182 communities12.29 great-lake-1401320.jpg
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a rule to establish public notification requirements for 182 communities with combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to the Great Lakes Basin.
The proposed requirements address signage, notification of local public health departments and the public, and annual notice provisions. EPA is proposing to require the 182 communities to develop public notification plans and to seek and consider input from local public health departments.Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Publication Date: December 29, 2016
WEF increases service to MS4 permittees12.28.jpg Company Reference: Water Environment Federation
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the storm water sector and help advance effective storm water programs for the protection of public health and the environment.Source: Water Environment Federation Publication Date: December 28, 2016
IAGI names KEGO Orphanage keystone projectimage001.jpg
The International Association of Geosynthetic Installers (IAGI) Board announced a new Give Back program to sponsor a multi-phased plan for the support and development of KEGO Orphanage in Kenya. Immediate actions include securing more abundant and sustainable food and water sources, enhancements to the building and land, and providing basic supplies for the children. The longer-term goal is to build a well and establish an aquaponic system at the orphanage.Source: International Association of Geosynthetic Installers Publication Date: December 28, 2016
Site contains high levels of contaminants12.21 san-francisco-3-1227625-1280x960.jpg
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
Solution needs to meet National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System requirements447021.jpeg
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
Amended Settlement with EPA calls for upgrades12.21 manassas-virginia-battlefield-park-1058321-1280x960.jpg
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
MOU builds on strengths of both organizations12.21 fountain-1187092-1280x960.jpg Company Reference: American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA)
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
Update includes developments in gulf restoration, Funded Priorities List12.21flats-2-1374171-1280x960.jpg
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
EPA Helps 25 Communities Meet Environmental Goals, Foster Development
Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program offers five assistance tools12..21 sims-park-ooty-1515777-1279x852.jpg
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
KAI Design & Build contracted for project12.20st-louis-gateway-arch-closeup-1502373-1280x960.jpg
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
New study from Agriculture Victoria describes shelter12.19 a-field-1364780-1280x960.jpg
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
WRF Publishes Report on Infrastructure Funding
Report indicates that utilities require sufficient, sustained revenue12.16splashing-water-9-1156357-1279x852.jpg
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