Xylem Expands Dewatering Rental Offerings in Latin America
New hubs in Colombia, Brazil, Peru are part of multi-million dollar investmentXylem-dewatering-hub-locations_05_map.jpg Company Reference: Xylem
Xylem Inc. announced it is expanding its dewatering pump rental and service capabilities in Latin America with the opening of three new hubs this year.
In August 2016, the company opened its newest dewatering pump rental facility in Barranquilla, Colombia. In April 2016, Xylem opened a rental hub in Pará, Brazil, and, in January 2016, it opened another in Chiclayo, Peru. These new hubs add to six dewatering pump rental hubs that Xylem opened in the region over the past six years as part of a multi-million dollar investment in Latin America.Source: Xylem Inc. Publication Date: August 22, 2016
Singapore infrastructure hub to expand with employee mentoring, training8.19 hong-kong-arches-1234281.jpg Company Reference: CH2M Hill
During Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) 2016, CH2M launched a new Leadership Development program at its Singapore InfraHub.
The Leadership Development program will prepare the company's next wave of multi-disciplinary employees to develop and execute complex infrastructure projects in Singapore and the region. The program, which is supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), is CH2M’s first program of its kind.Source: CH2M Publication Date: August 22, 2016
Kevin McCray served NGWA for more than 34 years8.16 rain-on-water-1180229-1280x960.jpg
After more than 34 years of combined employment by the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) and its subsidiaries, including more than 20 years as CEO, Kevin McCray, CAE, informed the NGWA Board of Directors of his retirement as the association’s CEO effective Dec. 31, 2017.Source: National Groundwater Assn. Publication Date: August 19, 2016
American Geophysical Union, John Wiley & Sons partner for new initiative8.19 globe-series-2-1425560-1279x957.jpg
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) announced the launch of its newest journal, GeoHealth. AGU and John Wiley & Sons Inc. are initiating the new, open-access, peer-reviewed journal. The journal supports and enables the emerging, transdisciplinary field of Geohealth, which includes the intersection of Earth and environmental sciences with human, agricultural and environmental health.Source: American Geophysical Union Publication Date: August 19, 2016
Agricultural leaders gather at first annual meeting8.18 offshot-in-the-soil-1376998-1279x852.jpg
The Soil Health Institute (SHI), a collaboration of agricultural leaders, held its first annual meeting July 27 to 29 in Louisville, Ky. Approximately 130 soil health experts, including farmers, land grant university specialists, U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists, conservation leaders, soil laboratory scientists, and foundation/non-governmental organization leaders identified key soil processes influencing productivity, resilience and environmental quality.Source: Soil Health Institute Publication Date: August 18, 2016
Transaction expected to close in fourth quarter of 20168.16 water-flow-2-1542134-1279x1705.jpg Company Reference: Xylem
Xylem Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Sensus for approximately $1.7 billion in cash.
Sensus, owned by investment funds affiliated with the Jordan Company and GS Capital Partners 2000, has more than 80 million metering devices installed globally. Its FlexNet communications network technology uses licensed spectrum in the U.S. and other geographies and provides secure connectivity solutions that support multiple applications.Source: Xylem Inc. Publication Date: August 17, 2016
Idaho Falls, Nampa plants scored in top 25 of NPCA Plant Certification program8.16 the-palouse-1463690-1280x960.jpg
Two Oldcastle Precast Idaho facilities—Idaho Falls and Nampa—received the 2015 Quality Merit Award for outstanding commitment to quality from the National Precast Concrete Assn. (NPCA) in recognition for scoring in the top 25 in their annual NPCA Plant Certification program.
Approximately 400 plants participated, and Idaho Falls and Nampa both scored in the top 25. This achievement ranks Oldcastle Precast’s Idaho Falls and Nampa plants in the top 7% of all NPCA certified plants. The NPCA certification covers both facilities’ full line of precast reinforced concrete products.Source: Oldcastle Precast Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Two leadership roundtables, coastal summit address challenges, opportunities8.15 missisipi-1452579-1280x960.jpg
The Louisiana Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority (CPRA) and America's WETLAND Foundation (AWF) announced they will host two leadership roundtables this fall and a culminating coastal summit in December to discuss Louisiana’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan. The events will gather diverse coastal interests to address the challenges of and opportunities for continuing restoration through the plan.
The meetings will discuss issues that address:Source: America's WETLAND Foundation Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Forty-two community improvement projects receive more than $150,000811 play-whith-water-1315319-1279x850.jpg Company Reference: American Water
American Water announced the recipients of the 2016 Environmental Grant Program awards. A total of 42 projects throughout American Water’s service areas in 10 states will be supported by grants totaling $153,350.
Established in 2005, American Water’s Environmental Grant Program offers funds for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore, or protect the watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies in the communities it serves.Source: American Water Publication Date: August 15, 2016
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