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Monarch butterflies found in NYC curbside rain gardens

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced that monarch butterflies have been found by gardeners in curbside rain gardens built over the last few years in Queens and Brooklyn. Other insect species that have been found within the rain gardens include ladybugs, praying mantis and honey bees, which are valuable pollinators.

CBRE seismic expert to review response to Napa earthquake

Scott M. Adan, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., SECB, Director of Seismic Assessment Services at CBRE Assessment & Consulting Services, will discuss the 2014 South Napa earthquake response, evaluation and aftermath at the upcoming 2016 Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) Convention on Oct. 13.

IECA announces 2017 winner of Most Distinguished Technical Paper Award

The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) announced that "Enhancing Soil Begins with Soil Biology and a Stable Soil Microclimate,” submitted by Jerry L. Hatfield, Ph.D., has been named the winner of the Most Distinguished Technical Paper Award for Environmental Connection 2017.

Miyamoto International expands to Latin America

Miyamoto International expanded to Latin America with two project offices for USAID, one in San José, Costa Rica and the other in Pasto, Colombia. The project helps first responders and governments better understand the impacts of large earthquakes — before they happen.

ASCE issues first-ever tsunami-resilient design standards

On Sept. 28, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) announced the world’s first comprehensive tsunami-resilient design standards, incorporating the lessons learned from these past disasters to define an enforceable, state-of-the-art design code for the construction of safer buildings on the West Coast of the United States, Alaska, and Hawaii.

VHB opens downtown Tampa office

VHB, an engineering, science, planning and design firm with 23 offices along the east coast, announced the opening of its second location on Florida’s Gulf Coast in downtown Tampa.

City of San Diego Public Utilities Department recognized as a Utility of the Future Today

The City of San Diego Public Utilities Department was recognized as a Utility of the Future Today on Sept. 27 by a partnership of water sector organizations including the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, the WateReuse Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The inaugural program recognizes utilities with proven success in innovative and sustainable management practices.

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