Civil News

Corps of Engineers releases report on coastal storm and flood risk in the North Atlantic region

Brooklyn, N.Y. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released to the public a report detailing the results of a two-year study to address coastal storm and flood risk to vulnerable populations, property, ecosystems, and infrastructure in the North Atlantic region of the United States affected by Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012. Congress authorized this report in January 2013 in the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (Public Law 113-2).

Airport fish ladder wins engineering award

Middleton, Wis. — Mead & Hunt and ESA Vigil-Agrimis accepted the Engineering Excellence Award for the Roseburg Airport Fish Ladder Project from American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon. The award-winning project helped solve a safety issue while addressing environmental concerns for a local airport, the Roseburg Regional Airport. Mead & Hunt and ESA Vigil-Agrimis lead the project team that included Land Mark Surveying, Pinnacle Western and Wildish Construction Co.

ISI announces new staff members

Washington, D.C. — The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) added two new staff members. Vice President for Public Education Denise Nelson, P.E., LEED AP, ENV SP, is responsible for training and education for both public and private sector organizations, marketing, and overall coordination of messaging and promotions. Administrative Professional India Bell, who is previously from Howard University’s IT Department in Washington, D.C., is responsible for computer technology and software development in support of growth of ISI.

WRRF releases Model Communication Plans to foster acceptance of potable reuse

Alexandria, Va. — Potable reuse involves the use of proven and reliable technology to purify recycled water so that it can safely supplement the drinking water supplies of communities. It is especially valuable to communities in water-scarce regions. Experience among water agencies and municipalities has shown, however, that public acceptance of direct potable reuse is one of the primary challenges facing this source of water supply.

Historical hydraulic fracturing trends

Reston, Va. — Two new U.S. Geological Survey publications highlight historical hydraulic fracturing trends and data from 1947 to 2010. Hydraulic fracturing is presently the primary stimulation technique for oil and gas production in unconventional resource reservoirs. Comprehensive, published, and publicly available information regarding the extent, location, and character of hydraulic fracturing in the United States is scarce.

UA invention slows water evaporation, generates energy

Tucson, Ariz. — A new technology invented at the University of Arizona offers a positive environmental impact by slowing the evaporation of water from bodies of water such as mining tailings ponds and reservoirs, while simultaneously generating solar energy.

Urban Waters federal partnership initiates San Antonio River Basin Project

Dallas — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) are celebrating the start of the Urban Waters Project. The project will reconnect urban communities with their waterways by increasing federal and local communication and coordination. The Urban Waters Federal Partnership is a community-led revitalization effort to improve the San Antonio area’s creek and rivers while promoting economic, environmental and social benefits.

SWEMA announces new board of directors

Roxborough, Colo. — The Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association (SWEMA) announced a new Board of Directors for 2015-2016. SWEMA Members elected Will Harris as President (Oldcastle Stormwater Solutions); Derek Berg as Vice President (Contech Engineered Solutions), and Kevin McKee as Treasurer (Hydro International).

Soils could keep contaminants in wastewater from reaching groundwater, streams

University Park, Pa. — With endocrine-disrupting compounds affecting fish populations in rivers as close as Pennsylvania's Susquehanna and as far away as Israel's Jordan, a new research study shows that soils can filter out and break down at least some of these emerging contaminants. The results suggest that water pollution can be diminished by spraying treated wastewater on land rather than discharging it directly into streams, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

New water degree offers a wealth of career opportunities

Blacksburg, Va. — Virginia Tech’s new undergraduate degree in water, approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia in early December, is one of the most innovative, interdisciplinary offerings in the country and will position graduates for a wide spectrum of careers in private industry, federal and state agencies, and nongovernmental organizations.

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