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Twenty New York bridges to be strengthened with federal Hazard Mitigation Grants

Albany, N.Y. — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $47.8 million in funding to strengthen 20 bridges that cross water and are vulnerable to foundation erosion in New York State. The funding is available through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which aims to increase resiliency, reduce hardship and mitigate the risks of loss and damage from natural disasters.

Five states partner with UW on asphalt standards

Madison, Wis. — More than 80 percent of major roads in the United States are surfaced with asphaltic mixtures — and the liquid asphalt, a byproduct of oil refining, remains a bit of a chemical mess, an inconsistent, complex mix of hydrocarbons. So to understand how different kinds of asphalt will hold up under the weight of vehicles and the punishment of the elements, road engineers must use physical methods, from ovens to hydraulic testing devices, to inflict stress and extreme temperatures upon the mixtures.

2014 ISA WWAC Symposium draws more than 170 attendees

Research Triangle Park, N.C. — The 2014 International Society of Automation (ISA) Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium drew more than 170 attendees, 30 expert speakers, and 27 exhibitors to Orlando, Fla., in early August to explore and confront the varied challenges associated with automation and instrumentation in the municipal water and wastewater sectors.

FGI to hold water containment and conveyance short course

Littleton, Colo. — The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) is sponsoring a course on “Best Practices for Water Containment and Conveyance,” Sept. 19, 2014, in Greeley, Colo. This day-long course will be taught by industry professionals from academia, contractors, engineers, installers and third-party testing personnel. This course will cover valuable information pertinent the proper design, specification and construction of water related applications.

Stanford's Water in the West program offers new way to view groundwater resources

Stanford, Calif. — Stanford researchers with Water in the West announced a new project to help Californians understand the importance of groundwater in the state, the problems caused by groundwater overdraft and potential solutions. Their website, Understanding California's Groundwater, offers new research findings, interactive graphics and a synthesis of existing knowledge on groundwater in California, all designed to advance public understanding of this critical issue.

CH2M HILL wins two DBIA National Merit Awards for water and wastewater design-build projects

Denver — The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) recently announced the recipients of its 2014 Project/Team Awards. Two of CH2M HILL’s design-build projects — the Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility in Tucson, Ariz., and the City of Wilsonville’s Wastewater Treatment Plant in Wilsonville, Ore. — received National Merit Awards in the Water/Wastewater category. CH2M HILL also received a National Award of Merit for its work on delivering the Ohio Department of Transportation’s I-71/I-670 Interchange.

EPA announces Region 4 Rain Catcher Awards

Atlanta — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced regional winners in its first annual Rain Catcher Award. Horry County, S.C., won in the Neighborhood/Community Category for the Crabtree Swamp Restoration Project in Conway, S.C.; the Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) won in the Municipal Category; the Volkswagen Group of America won in the Commercial Category for the Chattanooga, Tenn., Assembly Plant. The awards were given during the EPA Region 4/International Erosion Control Association Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference, in Charlotte, N.C.

Woods Hole Group awarded multi-year operation and maintenance contract to support NOAA PORTS on the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico

East Falmouth, Mass. — Woods Hole Group will be working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (NOAA CO-OPS) for the operation and maintenance of Physical Oceanographic Real Time System (PORTS) along the East Coast of the U.S., and along the Gulf of Mexico coast in Texas and Louisiana. NOAA PORTS is a network of sensors in ports and harbors providing access to information improving maritime commerce and safety.

Stanley Consultants’ Florida projects honored for excellence

Sarasota and Tampa, Fla. — Two of Stanley Consultants’ projects in Florida have been recognized for excellence by professional associations. The Florida Stormwater Association (FSA) awarded the Sarasota County Celery Fields Regional Stormwater Facility Expansion with an Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Florida Transportation Builders Association (FTBA) awarded a project on the University of Tampa campus with the Best in Construction Award in the Utility Coordination – Damage Prevention Category.

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