WaterTAP Ontario announces call for nominations to board of directors
The nominating and governance committee of the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) has announced a call for nominations for candidates for the board of directors.
The board is seeking directors to fill as many as six positions. All directors will be elected for a two-year term (2016 to 2018).Image: management-1-1236766.jpg Publication Date: February 02, 2016
More than one billion people worldwide depend on wetlands to make a living
Feb. 2 marks 45 years since the Convention on Wetlands was signed in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Each year on the anniversary, people in many countries come together to celebrate wetlands and their vital importance for the future of the planet.
Each year, a theme is selected to focus attention on a vital function of wetlands. The theme for 2016, under the banner “Wetlands for our Future,” is Sustainable Livelihoods, selected to demonstrate the vital role of wetlands for the current and future wellbeing of humanity and to promote the wise use of all wetlands types.
World Wetlands Day Celebrates Wetlands' Vital Importance
The U.S., China, Philippines and Indonesia record most weather-related disasters
A report issued by the United Nations (UN), “The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters,” shows that over the last 20 years, 90% of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heat waves, droughts and other weather-related events.
The five countries hit by the highest number of disasters are the U.S. (472), China (441), India (288), Philippines (274) and Indonesia (163).
20-Year Review Shows 90% of Disasters are Weather-Related
Report also notes threat of contaminants in fish tissue
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 2010 National Coastal Condition Assessment showing that more than half of the nation's coastal and Great Lakes nearshore waters are rated good for biological and sediment quality, while about one-third are rated good for water quality. In almost all coastal waters, however, contaminants in fish tissue pose a threat to sensitive predator fish, birds, and wildlife.Image: great-lakes-sunset-1-1396743.jpg Publication Date: January 29, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
EPA Report Shows U.S. Coastal Waters a Mix of Good, Fair Health
USDA to provide $9 million to create mitigation opportunities for farmers, ranchers
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the establishment of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wetland Mitigation Banking Program, made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. Through the program, NRCS will provide $9 million to help states, local governments or other qualified partners develop wetland mitigation banks that restore, create or enhance wetland ecosystems, broadening the conservation options available to farmers and ranchers so they can maintain eligibility for other United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs.Image: summer-wetlands-1341621.jpg Publication Date: January 29, 2016
Soil Health Partnership embarks on third year
As the Soil Health Partnership embarks on its third year, the organization has high hopes for network expansion and soil data results that will contribute to a sea change in farming. The partnership held its third annual Soil Health Summit in Indianapolis Jan. 21 to 22, 2016 hosting more than 140 attendees, including farmers, agriculture industry leaders, environmental groups and university representatives.Image: fresh-soil-1468423.jpg Publication Date: January 28, 2016
A 100% renewables pathway can decarbonize economy, advance economic development
The dramatic technological revolution of the past quarter-century made the Paris Agreement on Climate Change possible by providing the means to reconcile the two great challenges of the 21st century—eliminating carbon emissions from the global economy and fulfilling the aspiration of billions of people for economic development, according to the findings of a new analysis titled “The Economic and Institutional Foundations of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change: The Political Economy of Roadmaps to a Sustainable Electricity Future,” by Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis at theImage: oil-refinery-1173394.jpg Publication Date: January 28, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
New Analysis Argues Paris Agreement on Climate Change Makes Economic and Policy Sense
WERF calls for applications for the 2016 Award for Excellence in Innovation and the Paul L. Busch Award
The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is accepting applications for the 2016 Award for Excellence in Innovation and Paul L. Busch Award. The awards will be presented at the annual WERF Subscriber Recognition Luncheon in New Orleans at the Water Environment Federation’s WEFTEC event.
Awards honor the best Redi-Rock walls built in 2015
Redi-Rock Intl. announced the winners of the 2015 Rocky Awards, an annual honoring of the best Redi-Rock walls built in the categories of Residential, Commercial, Freestanding, Water Application and the People’s Choice Award, which is chosen by the general public in an online vote. More than 130 Redi-Rock manufacturers across the world competed for these awards, which were presented at the Redi-Rock Producer Meeting in New Orleans on Jan. 22, 2016.Image: Peoples Choice Wall of the Year - Wilbert Precast1.jpg Company Reference: Redi-Rock Intl. Publication Date: January 27, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
Winners of 2015 Rocky Awards Announced
Letter notes that improper disposal of pharmaceutical products poses potential harm to the environment
Due to the potential harm that improper disposal of pharmaceutical products pose to the environment, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to end its "flush list" recommendation.Image: unnamed.jpg Publication Date: January 26, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
MWRD Urges FDA to Cease Recommendation of Flushing Medications
Pipe will be part of new storm sewer system
The city and county of Denver is installing a new storm sewer system in the Curtis Park neighborhood that runs from the South Platte River, down 33rd Street to Downing and on to Lafayette. This $6 million federally funded project is designed to improve the drainage conditions during a five-year storm event and protect residents and businesses in the area. Hobas Pipe USA has supplied 400 feet of 120-in. CCFRPM jacking pipe to Denver for a portion of the 33rd Street Outfall Project. At a 120-inch diameter, this is the largest fiberglass jacking pipe made in the U.S.Image: 120-inch Denver jacking installation.jpg Company Reference: HOBAS Pipe USA Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Presenters will discuss flood planning & adaptation strategies in the first webinar of a three-part series
The American Water Resources Assn. (AWRA) will host the first webinar of its 2016 program on Feb. 3, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. EST. “Climate Change Adaptation: Flood” will feature presenters Bruce Mowry, city engineer, Miami Beach, Fla.; and Jordan Fischbach, co-director, Water and Climate Resilience Center leading a discussion on flood planning and adaptation strategies developed for Miami Beach and Coastal Louisiana.Image: floodings-1385797 SWS.jpg Publication Date: January 25, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
AWRA Offers Webinar Series on Climate Change Adaptation
Presentations will cover energy planning for tribal economic development & water efficiency & energy savings
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will present a live webinar titled “Energy Planning for Tribal Economic Development” on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST. This webinar is the first in the Tribal Energy and Economic Development Webinar Series. Attendees will learn about tools and resources available to establish a plan for clean, diverse and affordable energy based on energy efficiency and wise use of renewable resources, with maximum local control and ownership.Image: playing-with-water-1196066 SWS.jpg Publication Date: January 25, 2016
Sharan Wilson will focus on education & membership
Intl. Erosion Control Assn. (IECA) Region One has announced Sharan Wilson as its new Executive Director.
After an extensive search, the IECA Board of Directors has chosen Wilson to be the leader for the organization. Wilson has more than 20 years of senior-level leadership experience in the telecommunications industry, followed by nearly ten years as an executive director in the non-profit sector. Her undergraduate degree is in advertising/public relations, and her master’s is in organizational development from the University of Nebraska Omaha.Image: handshake-1239869 SWS.jpg Company Reference: IECA Publication Date: January 22, 2016
Dramatic rainfall shifts region’s priorities toward community safety
The arrival of El Niño in early January has prompted Rowland Water District (RWD) in southeast Los Angeles County, Calif., to educate its customers about preventing long-term storm damage while keeping an eye on conservation goals. Although the news of El Niño was prominent throughout 2015, consistent messaging and notifications is a key tactic for the district. Living in a drought-stricken region, taking the correct precautionary actions can allow RWD residents to keep their homes, property and businesses as safe as possible.Image: rain-1171021 SWS.jpg Publication Date: January 22, 2016
Pilot project will use new technologies to deal with problem nutrients
Fieldwork has begun in the Massachusetts communities of Barnstable, Dennis, Falmouth, Mashpee and Orleans on a project that may help reduce harmful levels of nitrogen and other nutrients from flowing into Cape Cod waters. Lessons learned from this pilot project can be applied to other locations throughout the Southeast New England region to determine the most effective means to capture nutrients before they negatively impact bays, ponds, streams or coastal estuaries.Image: menauhant-beach-cape-cod-ma-1489611 SWS.jpg Publication Date: January 22, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
Cape Cod Communities to Receive EPA Assistance to Address Nitrogen Pollution
Firm receives four licenses for projects in the Yazoo River Basin in Mississippi
FFP New Hydro LLC has announced the receipt of hydropower licenses from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for four projects located in the Yazoo River Basin in Mississippi at existing flood control facilities owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The four projects are expected to have a generation capacity of 33 MW—enough to power more than 15,000 homes with clean, reliable, low-cost energy.Image: river-blue-1409042 SWS.jpg Publication Date: January 21, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
FFP New Hydro Receives FERC Licenses For Hydropower Projects
Trade show takes place in the wake of new environmental commitments from Chinese government
Following the agreement reached at the Paris Climate Change Conference, the Chinese government is set to increase its activities in climate and environmental protection, and this will bring about a further rise in demand for green technology and innovations. IE Expo is an opportunity for international suppliers of environmental solutions to present themselves to the Chinese expert audience. Asia’s leading trade fair for environmental technology takes place from May 5 to 7, 2016, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.Image: SWS N IE Expo 1-21.jpg Publication Date: January 21, 2016
The visit was a stop on Rick Scott’s “Million Miles for a Million Jobs Tour”
Vac-Con Inc. recently hosted Florida Governor Rick Scott at a stop on his “Million Miles for a Million Jobs Tour.”
In the midst of an $11-million plant expansion, Vac-Con has benefitted from the governor’s sales tax exemption on manufacturing equipment, saving over $150,000. Additionally, the company plans to hire approximately 60 employees as a result of the expansion.Image: SWS N Vac-Con 1-20.jpg Company Reference: Vac-Con Publication Date: January 20, 2016
Research will be conducted by SUNY Polytechnic Institute
The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF) has awarded SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, N.Y., a $6,550 research grant to use probabilistic risk assessment and fault tree analysis (FTA) to evaluate potential groundwater degradation from hydraulic fracturing.Image: statistical-table-1425102 SWS.jpg Publication Date: January 20, 2016 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
NGWREF Grant Funds Study of Potential Groundwater Contamination from Hydraulic Fracturing