The proposed $8.6 billion budget delivers environmental and health protections to U.S. communities
The Obama Administration Fiscal Year 2016 budget lays out a plan for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure that all Americans benefit from recent economic recovery. The proposed EPA FY 2016 budget of $8.6 billion provides resources vital to that overarching vision and the request is $452 million above the agency’s enacted level for FY 2015.
Fiscal Year 2016 budget highlights include:Image: budgetpiechart.jpg Publication Date: February 03, 2015
WERF accepts applications for the 2015 Award for Excellence in Innovation & Paul L. Busch Award
The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is accepting applications for the 2015 Award for Excellence in Innovation and Paul L. Busch Award. The awards will be presented at the annual WERF Subscriber Recognition Luncheon in Chicago at the Water Environment Federation’s WEFTEC event.Image: award-winning.png Publication Date: February 02, 2015
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago finishes green roof construction at Racine Avenue Pumping Station
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) recently completed the construction of a green roof at the Racine Avenue Pumping Station (RAPS).Image: Photo: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Publication Date: February 02, 2015
Precast concrete device from Hydroworks helps keep non-point source pollution from reaching waterways
Hanson Pipe & Precast has reached an agreement with Hydroworks to manufacture and distribute the Hydroguard hydrodynamic separator in Florida, California and Texas.
Installed underneath parking lots, gas stations, roads and other hard-surface environments, the precast concrete device removes suspended solids, oil and trash from storm water runoff, preventing it from reaching creeks and rivers.
With separate treatment areas for low and high flows, the device helps minimize scour and resuspension of previously captured fine debris.Image: warehouse.jpg Company Reference: Hanson Pipe & Precast, Inc. Publication Date: January 30, 2015
The EPA selects 22 communities out of 121 applicants to receive technical assistance for sustainability projects
Twenty-two communities will receive technical assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to pursue development strategies that support smart growth and sustainability goals and encourage local economic development. EPA selected this year’s recipients from among 121 applicants to the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program.Image: NorthAmerica.jpg Publication Date: January 30, 2015
The plans provide a roadmap for building support & public acceptance of potable reuse projects
The WateReuse Research Foundation (WRRF) released a how-to guide for building support for potable reuse on the statewide and community levels. Model Communication Plans for Increasing Awareness and Fostering Acceptance of Direct Potable Reuse provides a roadmap for advancing public acceptance of potable reuse projects by building support and awareness of existing and planned potable reuse programs and by fostering an understanding of the need to continue to expand water supply sources.Image: water_reuse.jpg Publication Date: January 29, 2015
The EPA is awarding $1 million in grants to six wetlands protection & restoration projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding $1 million in grants to strengthen the capacity of states and tribes to protect and restore wetlands. The National Wetland Program Development Grants provide interstate agencies, intertribal consortia and non-profit organizations with funding to develop and refine comprehensive state, tribal and local wetland programs.Image: wetlands2.jpg Publication Date: January 29, 2015 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
EPA Awarding Grants to Protect & Restore Wetlands
Trimble introduces a cloud-based & mobile platform for smart water mapping & work management
Trimble introduced Trimble Unity, its next generation suite of software applications for water, wastewater and storm water utilities. The new software replaces Trimble Connect for Water and offers a unified cloud-based and mobile collaboration platform for smart water mapping and work management.
Trimble Unity applications support the following workflows:Image: technology.jpg Publication Date: January 28, 2015
Itron was recognized with the award at the 2015 Excellence in Best Practices Awards Gala
Itron Inc. has been presented the 2014 North America Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award for the smart city market. The award recognizes Itron's smart city growth strategy in implementation, market expansion, consistently diversified offerings, year-over-year growth in customer wins and repeat business.Image: goldribbon.png Publication Date: January 28, 2015
Winners include: City of San Diego Public Utilities Department, Electric Power Research Institute & Coca-Cola Co.
The U.S. Water Alliance (USWA) announced the 5th annual U.S. Water Prize winners for 2015: the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department, Calif.; Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, Calif., and Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, Ga.
The U.S. Water Prize was created by the USWA to elevate organizations with strategies that promote the value of water and the power of innovating and integrating for one water sustainability. Winners were selected representing municipal, non-profit and business.Image: trophy.png Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Submit applications for up to $20 million in grants as part of the USDA Conservation Innovation Grant program
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that applications are being accepted for up to $20 million in grants to facilitate the creation of new, innovative markets for carbon credits, providing additional revenue sources for producers to use to address natural resource conservation challenges. These grants are part of the Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program, authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill.Image: midwestcornfield.jpg Publication Date: January 27, 2015
A USGS study reveals the natural breakdown of petroleum underground can release arsenic into groundwater
In a long-term field study, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Virginia Tech scientists have found that changes in geochemistry from the natural breakdown of petroleum hydrocarbons underground can promote the chemical release (mobilization) of naturally occurring arsenic into groundwater. This geochemical change can result in potentially significant arsenic groundwater contamination.Image: WQ_sampling_station_USGS_2004.jpg Publication Date: January 26, 2015 Home Page Slider Slider Image: Slider Text:
Natural Breakdown of Petroleum Underground Can Lace Arsenic into Groundwater
Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association elects new president, vice president & treasurer for 2015-2016
Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association (SWEMA) announced a new board of directors for 2015 – 2016.
SWEMA members have elected Will Harris as president (Oldcastle Stormwater Solutions), Derek Berg as vice president (Contech Engineered Solutions) and Kevin McKee as treasurer (Hydro International).
The at-large board members are Ernie Carrasco (Rinker Materials), John Moll (CrystalStream Technologies), Gene LaManna (Terre Hill Stormwater Systems) and Shawn Luton (StormTrap, LLC).Image: elections.jpg Publication Date: January 26, 2015
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has entered into an agreement with Aarhus Water
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) has entered into a collaborative agreement with Lars Schrøder, CEO of Aarhus Water, an independent regional water and wastewater enterprise owned by the municipality of Aarhus, Denmark.Image: MWRD President Mariyana T. Spyropoulos signs MOU with Lars Schrøder, CEO of Arhaus Water (Photo: MWRD) Publication Date: January 23, 2015
The partnership focuses on addressing water waste, water loss and diminishing water supplies
The Smart H2O Summit announced a strategic partnership with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Designed to educate and inform key water stewards about the pressing need to address issues of water waste, water loss and dwindling water supplies, the summit will be held in San Francisco from Aug. 17-19.
The new partnership will focus on:Image: partnership.jpg Publication Date: January 23, 2015
$1.6 billion project will upgrade three treatment plants serving 2.3 million people
MWH Global recieves a contract by the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (MDWASD) to provide engineering design services for the comprehensive rehabilitation of three large wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in Miami-Dade County, Flor., as part of the department’s $1.6 billion consent decree program.Image: wastewatertreatmentplant.jpg Publication Date: January 22, 2015
Watershed Geo's ClosureTurf continues to gain traction in California
The city of Portola Landfill in the Sierra Nevada Mountain town of Portola, Calif. completed its landfill closure that it’s city council reviewed of the approved final landfill closure system, ClosureTurf. The scope of work included: removing the interim cover, supply and install drainage improvements and supply/install a synthetic final cover system known as ClosureTurf developed by Watershed Geo. The city of Portola landfill was an unlined landfill with highly erosive soils on site causing long term maintenance issues and ground water contamination problems.Image: landfill.jpg Publication Date: January 22, 2015
The five-year contract will provide consulting services in line with EPA Region IV's consent decree
The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) has awarded Woolpert a five-year contract with one five-year option to renew to provide consulting services relating to consent decree’s capacity management, operation and maintenance (CMOM) programs.Image: Miami-Dade_main.jpg Publication Date: January 21, 2015
More than 100 companies present water infrastructure innovations at Business Innovations Competition
Imagine H2OTM (IH2O) announced 12 finalists selected to advance to its water tech Accelerator Program. These 12 startups competed in IH2O's 6th annual Business Innovations Competition to receive mentorship from industry leaders, introduction to investors and a global network of beta customers and utilities. These companies join IH2O's portfolio of water startups, which represents over $1 in every $10 of early-stage water financing.Image: water-424807_640.jpg Publication Date: January 21, 2015
This project and more than 100 other high-impact projects, will receive more than $370 million in funding
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced $17.5 million in Federal funding for a tri-state project to help protect water quality in the western basin of Lake Erie.
Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown joined local National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff and project partners for the announcement.Image: greatlakes.jpg Publication Date: January 20, 2015