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Helping cities cool down

Louisville, Ky., could significantly reduce the number of people who die annually from heat-related deaths, under a series of recommendations that could also help other cities around the world respond to the growing hazards of extreme heat. The plan calls for leaders to strategically plant additional trees and vegetation, cut energy consumption by cars and buildings, decrease impervious surface areas such as parking lots, and increase the reflectivity of roads and rooftops.

Fluor-led team selected for South Carolina Port Access Road Project

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) selected the joint venture team, Fluor-Lane South Carolina, comprised of Fluor and The Lane Construction Corporation, to design and build the Port Access Road Project in Charleston. The Port of Charleston is currently the fastest growing major container port in the U.S.

Earth Day: Water sector groups launch Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program

a partnership of water sector organizations — the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and WateReuse — with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — announced a new Utility of the Future (UOTF) Today Recognition Program. The program will celebrate the progress and exceptional performance of the nation’s wastewater utilities.

DeKalb Watershed Management to issues sanitary sewer program contracts

DeKalb County, Ga.’s Department of Watershed Management (DWM) will issue up to four design-build contracts, valued at approximately $50 million each, in late summer 2016. These contracts will be used for rehabilitation and improvements of sanitary sewers throughout its system to reduce and/or eliminate sanitary sewer overflows, in compliance with a Federal Consent Decree (CD).

NJDEP authorizes use of First Defense High Capacity

First Defense High Capacity, a hydrodynamic separator for stormwater treatment from Hydro International, has now been certified for 50 percent Total Suspended Solids (TSS) removal by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).

FHWA proposes new performance measures to reduce congestion

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released a proposed rulemaking outlining new performance measures to assess travel reliability, congestion, and emissions at a national level. The proposed regulation calls for an increased level of transparency and accountability in establishing and achieving targets for performance impacting commuters and truck drivers.

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