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NYC DEP program to create up to 40 green playgrounds

New York — New York City and The Trust for Public Land are continuing a partnership to build up to 40 new school playgrounds that will include green infrastructure to capture stormwater when it rains, thereby easing pressure on the city’s sewer system and improving the health of local waterways.

Digital Coast Act to aid communities in water management, disaster response, long-term planning, and restoration

Washington D.C. — U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced legislation to help Great Lakes communities better prepare for storms, cope with varying lake levels, and strengthen economic development planning efforts along the shore. The Digital Coast Act authorizes the next phase in coastal mapping at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and supports further development of the current project, including increasing access to uniform, up-to-date data, to help communities get the coastal data they need to respond to emergencies, plan for long-term coastal resilience, and manage their water resources.

University of Wisconsin’s David Soll receives APWA Public Works Historical Society’s Abel Wolman Award

Kansas City, Mo. — David Soll, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, recently received the American Public Works Association (APWA) Abel Wolman Award at its 2014 International Public Works Congress & Exposition in Toronto, Canada. Established in 1987, the Abel Wolman Award is presented annually by APWA’s Public Works Historical Society to recognize the best new book published in the field of public works history.

KS Associates takes 3D scanner underground to help abate CSOs

Elyria, Ohio — Civil engineering and surveying firm KS Associates, Inc. completed surveying and 3D laser scanning services for a complex Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) project. The NWI Edgewater Park Gate Project is part of the district’s ongoing investment in infrastructure improvements aimed at improving the quality of Northeast Ohio waterways.

Eagle Mountain Dam Project wins ASDSO Rehab Award

Fort Worth, Texas — A project to upgrade the Eagle Mountain Spillway Dam in Fort Worth, Texas, received the 2014 National Rehabilitation Project of the Year Award from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO). The annual ASDSO award recognizes a unique remedial design that advances the state-of-the-art in the field of dam safety and exemplifies the professional engineering and construction standards that dam safety requires. The Eagle Mountain Spillway Dam project was designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff on behalf of the Tarrant Regional Water District.

Web-based scoping tool eases pavement design

Lanham, Md. — According to the Asphalt Pavement Alliance, PaveXpress, a free Web-based pavement design scoping tool for roadway and parking lot pavements, creates technically sound pavement structural designs for flexible and rigid pavements based on widely accepted industry standards from the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

ASCE seeks public comment on stormwater guidelines

Reston, Va. — ASCE will conduct a public comment period on Standard Guidelines for the Design, Installation, and Operation of Urban Stormwater Systems. The public comment period will be held from Sept. 15, 2014 through Nov. 1, 2014.

Harry Pepper to rehab Florida dike

Norwalk, Conn. — EMCOR Group, Inc. subsidiary Harry Pepper & Associates, Inc. was awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for rehabilitation and structural replacement work on the Herbert Hoover Dike in Clewiston, Fla. Harry Pepper will be responsible for demolition and removal of two of the existing Herbert Hoover Dike culverts and construction of new water control structures.

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