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Representatives introduce Urban Flooding Awareness Act

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Peter King (R-NY) introduced the bipartisan Urban Flooding Awareness Act to address increased flooding from extreme weather and heavy rainfall events in urban communities. The bill creates an unambiguous and inclusive definition of urban flooding and requires a first-of-its-kind study to comprehensively analyze both individual and societal costs associated with urban flooding across the country.

Woolpert to re-energize Columbus Historic District

Columbus, Ohio — Woolpert was chosen to provide design and conceptual engineering services for a street rehabilitation project that will transform a major connector into an attractive, pedestrian-friendly asset serving a residential neighborhood.

Wastewater treatment plant aims to go off-the-grid

Los Angeles — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined the Bureau of Reclamation, the California Energy Commission, and Congressman Col. Paul Cook at the ceremonial start of Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority’s carbon-neutral energy project located at their wastewater treatment facility in Victorville, Calif. The facility aims to go off-the-grid, creating energy using tons of waste that would otherwise be sent to landfills.

Fracking’s environmental impacts scrutinized

Manchester, U.K. — Greenhouse gas emissions from the production and use of shale gas would be comparable to conventional natural gas, but the controversial energy source actually fared better than renewables on some environmental impacts, according to new research.

Sixteen public works professionals selected for APWA Emerging Leaders Academy

Kansas City, Mo. — The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced that 16 public works professionals were selected for the APWA Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) Program for 2014-2015. The selected participants engage in a year-long national Emerging Leaders Academy program that provides intensive leadership and management training within the context of public works. This year marks the eighth class of the special Academy program offered by APWA for emerging leaders.

Bentley Systems acquires SITEOPS

Los Angeles — Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced at the 2014 ZweigWhite Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference that it acquired Charlotte, N.C.-based BLUERIDGE Analytics, Inc., provider of SITEOPS, site design optimization “software at your service.” SITEOPS uses cloud-based computing techniques to enable exploration of engineering alternatives and their costs.

CSU researchers collect water quality data at oil and natural gas sites; display it on public website

Fort Collins, Colo. — For the first time, Colorado residents, regulators and other stakeholders have access to water quality information gathered in real-time at oil and natural gas well sites in the Denver-Julesburg Basin. Colorado State University researchers unveiled the Colorado Water Watch, a monitoring system that collects groundwater quality data from oil and natural gas sites and uploads the information every hour to a CSU-run website.

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