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RST Develops New Manhole Inspection System

Tue, 2016-11-29 09:01
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The Helix offers updated features, faster capabilities

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R.S. Technical Services Inc. (RST) developed a new manhole inspection system, the Helix.

The Helix can be deployed from a CCTV vehicle, pickup truck, or ATV (when access is limited) and can scan a 10-ft manhole in under one minute. It has six high-resolution cameras that capture panoramic imagery of every surface, as well as six active 3-D sensors that record hundreds of thousands of spatial data points for precision measurements. Users are able to use the data to look around a manhole and take various measurements using the software from the office.

Source:  R.S. Technical Services Inc. Publication Date:  November 29, 2016

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Richmond, Va., Students, Community Tackle Urban Runoff Pollution

Mon, 2016-11-28 09:57
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EPA grant funds project

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To address water runoff pollution, Virgina Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Center for Environmental Studies announced it will partner with Armstrong High School students on a project to map an area and develop a green infrastructure plan around Richmond, Va.  The study is supported by a $59,773 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant.

Source:  Virginia Commonwealth University Publication Date:  November 28, 2016

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EPA Funds Bayou Chico Water Quality Improvements

Fri, 2016-11-25 07:27
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Escambia County Board of County Commissioners receives $295,500 in funding

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Gulf of Mexico Program announced that the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners has received a $295,500 cooperative agreement for the project “Bayou Chico Water Quality Improvements.” J. Taylor Kirschenfeld, Escambia County senior scientist and department director of Escambia County Board of County Commissioners, will provide leadership for this project.

Source:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Publication Date:  November 25, 2016

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AWWA Encourages Collaboration in Letter to Trump Transition Team

Thu, 2016-11-24 08:32
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Association highlights water infrastructure investment as a key priority

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In a letter to President-Elect Donald J. Trump, the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) urged the new administration to make water infrastructure investment a key priority in the coming years. The letter also elevated the issues of cybersecurity, source water protection, the energy-water nexus, affordability and the importance of sound science to guide regulatory actions.

Specifically, AWWA recommended the following:

Source:  American Water Works Assn. Publication Date:  November 24, 2016

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APWA Reappoints Susan Hann to Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure Board

Wed, 2016-11-23 11:23
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Hann to serve three-year term

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The American Public Works Assn. (APWA) announced the reappointment of Susan M. Hann, P.E., AICP, PWLF, director of planning and project management for Brevard Public Schools in Brevard County, Fla., to the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Board of Directors. With the reappointment, Hann will serve a three-year term Jan. 1, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2019, on the 11-member ISI Board as one of the three appointments representing APWA, which is one of the ISI Founding Partners organizations.

Source:  American Public Works Assn. Publication Date:  November 23, 2016

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Legislation Introduced in Pennsylvania House, Senate Regarding Bay Waters

Tue, 2016-11-22 10:09
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Bills seek competitive procurement to help meet Chesapeake Bay Mandates

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Bion Environmental Technologies Inc. announced that bills have been released in both the Pennsylvania House and Senate to implement a competitive procurement strategy designed to reduce skyrocketing compliance costs and lagging effectiveness associated with the Commonwealth’s Chesapeake Bay obligations. Bion has advocated for several years for a competitive procurement strategy that would allow it and other private-sector providers the opportunity to offer low-cost and high-impact solutions to the State’s bay mandates.

Source:  Bion Environmental Technologies Inc. Publication Date:  November 22, 2016

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University of Texas at Austin Establishes EPA Water Infrastructure Center

Tue, 2016-11-22 09:06
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EPA provides $3.9 million for Center for Infrastructure Modeling & Management

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given $3.9 million to researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin to establish the new Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management, which will develop and improve open source water infrastructure models and share tools and research findings to assist local communities and stakeholders.  

Source:  University of Texas at Austin Publication Date:  November 22, 2016

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XP Solutions Releases New Storm Water Design Software

Mon, 2016-11-21 10:50
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New package is faster, integrates with CAD

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XP Solutions released XPDRAINAGE 2017. This automated storm water design software package helps users create fully optimized storm water designs faster and now integrates with CAD packages.

Source:  XP Solutions Publication Date:  November 21, 2016

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Study Reveals How Water Risks Impact Business

Mon, 2016-11-21 08:24
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Results of climate change cost companies $14 billion

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A recent report revealed that drought, flooding, tightening regulation, and water scarcity and stress fueled by climate change cost companies $14 billion. This is more than five times the $2.6 billion reported by companies last year, providing information to investors on their management of and impacts on water resources. 

Source:  CDP Publication Date:  November 21, 2016

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New Guide Helps Identify Potential Sources of Water Contamination

Fri, 2016-11-18 11:59
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WRF, AWWA publish report

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The Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA), in partnership with West Virginia American Water, Greater Cincinnati Water Works and Aqua America Inc., have published a new report that developed a detailed methodology for identifying potential sources of contamination upstream of drinking water intakes, particularly from aboveground storage tanks (ASTs).

Source:  Water Research Foundation Publication Date:  November 18, 2016

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APWA Urges Congress to Pass Water Infrastructure Legislation

Thu, 2016-11-17 11:26
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Final Water Resources Development Act bill may be passed this year

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The American Public Works Assn. (APWA) and other key water groups have urged U.S. Congress to include water infrastructure provisions as part of a final Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) bill this year. The 12 water organizations support a bipartisan compromise of the WRDA bill with measures to invest in our nation’s water infrastructure and to help communities meet their safe and clean water obligations.

Source:  American Public Works Assn. Publication Date:  November 17, 2016

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Researcher Requests Massachusetts Water Samples

Wed, 2016-11-16 10:26
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Samples will establish map, database of natural chemical signatures

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University of Massachusetts – Amherst Hydrologist David Boutt and his research team have asked for water samples from citizens to help them establish a high-resolution map and database of natural chemical signatures (hydrogen and oxygen isotopes found in surface water, precipitation and groundwater). The work is supported by nearly $50,000 from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Source:  University of Massachusetts - Amherst Publication Date:  November 16, 2016

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Storm Water Solutions to Host Inaugural Live 2017 Conference & Exhibition

Wed, 2016-11-16 07:40
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Storm Water Solutions to Host Inaugural Live 2017 Conference & Exhibition

Event to take place Nov. 7 to 9, 2017

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Storm Water Solutions (SWS) has announced the details of its inaugural, live 2017 Conference and Exhibition. The event will take place Nov. 7 to 9, 2017, at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, Ill., located 30 minutes south of downtown Chicago.

Source:  Storm Water Solutions Publication Date:  November 16, 2016

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Mariendahl Quarry Complex to Address Storm Water, Wastewater Discharge

Tue, 2016-11-15 12:11
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EPA requires Heavy Metals LLC to comply with Clean Water Act

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered the owner of the Mariendahl Quarry Complex and related industrial areas in Estate Meriendahl, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, to address its discharges of storm water and wastewater. The storm water and wastewater flows into the Turpentine Run Ghut, which flows into Benner Bay and Mangrove Lagoon.

Source:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Publication Date:  November 15, 2016

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Long Island Sound Futures Fund Awards $1.3M in Grants

Mon, 2016-11-14 15:41
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Fifteen grants in New York total $815,000

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Top federal and state environmental officials from New York and Connecticut announced 25 grants totaling $1.3 million to local government and community groups to improve the health and ecosystem of Long Island Sound. Fifteen projects, totaling $815,000, are in New York.

Publication Date:  November 14, 2016

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Case Study Details Wetland Monitoring

Fri, 2016-11-11 09:28
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Kjolhaug Environmental Services utilized HOBO MX2001 water-level data loggers

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Onset has published a case study on how Kjolhaug Environmental Services is monitoring wetlands using Bluetooth-enabled HOBO MX2001 water-level data loggers. The data provided by the HOBO loggers is enabling Kjolhaug to more effectively assess the impacts of residential development on a series of wetlands.

Source:  Onset Publication Date:  November 11, 2016

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IECA Announces New Chapter in Canada

Thu, 2016-11-10 07:34
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Chapter to be led by President Glenn MacMillan, Vice President Harry Reinders

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The International Erosion Control Assn. (IECA) Region One announced the establishment of a new chapter in Canada. The Canadian Chapter of the IECA is an educational and networking resource for storm water management, erosion and sediment control, and stream protection and restoration.

“We are very excited to have the Canadian Chapter of IECA become a valuable part of our organization,” said IECA Executive Director Sharan Wilson. “We believe that the large and diverse community in Canada will find value and benefits in the IECA programs and initiatives.”

Source:  International Erosion Control Assn. Publication Date:  November 10, 2016

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Las Vegas Valley Master Plan to Update for 2018

Wed, 2016-11-09 08:25
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Atkins selected to prepare update

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Atkins has been selected by the Clark County Regional Flood Control District to prepare the 2018 Las Vegas Valley Master Plan Update (MPU) and help safeguard communities and future developments against flooding.

The district is required by state statute to update the Las Vegas Valley Master Plan at least every five years. Atkins delivered consecutive Las Vegas Valley MPUs in 1997, 2002 and 2008, a series of selections only interrupted in 2013 when the district completed the updates internally. 

Source:  Atkins Publication Date:  November 09, 2016

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EPA Helps Santa Fe, N.M., Improve Storm Water Infrastructure

Wed, 2016-11-09 07:51
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New package of tools promotes long-term strategies

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a package of tools to help Santa Fe, N.M., plan long-term strategies for managing storm water pollution. The tools will promote the use of flexible solutions that spur economic growth, stimulate infrastructure investments and help compliance with environmental requirements

Source:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Publication Date:  November 09, 2016

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Argonne, MWRD Complete First Phase of Chicago River Study

Tue, 2016-11-08 08:41
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Early data shows healthy, diverse microbial community

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Scientists with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory are halfway through a seven-year study that shows early indications of healthy and diverse microbial communities in the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS).

Source:  Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Publication Date:  November 08, 2016

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