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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.

New AASHTO design guide to improve integration of transit facilities in roadway environment

Washington, D.C. — The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials created a design guide to help transportation planners successfully integrate transit facilities into the roadway environment. The Guide for Geometric Design of Transit Facilities on Highways and Streets is a user-friendly publication that provides a single, comprehensive reference of current best-practices for a wide range of transit facilities including buses, high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, streetcars, and light rail transit systems.

Student’s solar-powered lens purifies polluted water

Buffalo, N.Y. — Water may appear to be an abundant resource, but in some parts of the world clean water is hard to come by. That could change through the work of Deshawn Henry, a University at Buffalo sophomore civil engineering major, who researched how to improve a 6-foot-tall, self-sustaining magnifying glass.

$7.5 billion water bond put to California voters

Sacramento, Calif. — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed legislation to put a comprehensive water bond before voters this November. The legislation, AB 1471, replaces the current $11.1 billion water bond on the November ballot. The bipartisan legislation passed the Senate 37-0 and the Assembly 77-2.

Brownfields cleanup paves way for solar project

Westfield, Mass. — Earlier this summer, Boston Community Capital completed its Mill Street solar project in Gardner, Mass. The resulting 1 megawatt ground-mounted solar array, which was developed in conjunction with the City of Gardner and the Gardner Redevelopment Authority, is part of Gardner’s Mill Street Urban Renewal Plan. Located on a remediated brownfield site (the former Bent Mill furniture mill), environmental cleanup and demolition were critical in paving the way for this solar project that is slated to help offset local energy costs.

EPA approves pollution budget for restoring Maryland coastal bays

Philadelphia — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the pollution budget developed by Maryland to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus in Maryland’s coastal bays and tributaries to levels that meet water quality standards. The budget calls for pollution reductions in the coastal bays of up to 35 percent for nitrogen and up to 18 percent for phosphorus. Higher reductions are required in some of the bays tributaries.

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