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EPA offers webcast: Innovative Financing for Green Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. — On Nov. 4, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will conduct a webcast, Innovative Financing for Green Infrastructure, as part of its Green Infrastructure Program 2014 Webcast Series sponsored by the Office of Wastewater Management. This 90-minute webcast will provide an overview of green infrastructure financing strategies and highlight a community that leveraged Clean Water State Revolving Fund resources for a flood mitigation project that provided multiple economic, environmental and social benefits.

New white paper provides guidance on financing industrial water reuse

Alexandria, Va. — There is good news for commercial, industrial, and institutional water users looking to treat and reuse water onsite as a means of increasing the reliability of water supplies and achieving sustainability goals. A new law went into effect on October 1, 2014, allowing private-sector companies to obtain Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loans to construct onsite industrial water reuse projects for the first time.

Parsons Brinckerhoff designing New Hudson Park & Blvd. in NYC

New York — Parsons Brinckerhoff has been awarded a New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) contract to design the second phase of the Hudson Park & Boulevard project, which runs between 10th and 11th avenues from West 36th to West 37th streets. NYCEDC is managing the design and construction of the project on behalf of the City of New York.

Sun Metro and LAN celebrate opening of rapid transit system in El Paso

El Paso, Texas — Sun Metro recently celebrated the grand opening of its 8.6-mile Rapid Transit System (RTS) along the Mesa Corridor in El Paso, Texas. The new BRT system, which provides a high-capacity transit service to El Paso for the first time, begins at the Downtown Transfer Center, travels along Santa Fe, Franklin, Oregon, Glory Road and Mesa, ending at the Westside Transfer Center. Planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) led the design of the project.

David Evans and Associates, Inc. commissions 82-foot survey vessel

Gulfport, Miss. — David Evans and Associates, Inc.’s Marine Services Division commissioned its new 82-foot hydrographic survey and scientific vessel Blake in a ceremony held in the vessel’s homeport of Gulfport, Miss. U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi broke a Champagne bottle across the Blake’s bow. In addition to remarks by the Senator, Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Coast Survey and the U.S. National Hydrographer, and Mayor of Gulfport William Gardner Hewes spoke to attendees.

2015 ISA WWAC Symposium issues Call for Abstracts

Research Triangle Park, N.C. — The Program Committee of the 2015 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium has issued a Call for Papers, inviting authors, innovators, thought leaders and other professionals in the water and wastewater industry to submit abstracts for presentation consideration at the conference.

IECA revamps educational service: IECA on Location

Denver — The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) announced IECA on Location, a revamped educational service offered to those who desire to have course(s) conducted at their business site. IECA on Location is a customizable educational program created by IECA Faculty and delivered live at the customer’s site.

Louis Berger celebrates opening of newly constructed lanes on New Jersey Turnpike

Morristown, N.J. — The New Jersey Turnpike Authority celebrated the opening of newly constructed lanes on the New Jersey Turnpike between Interchange 6 and 9 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The $2.3 billion Interchange 6 to 9 Widening Program added three outer lanes in each direction between Interchanges 6 and 8A, and one outer lane in each direction between Interchanges 8A and 9. This program represents the largest widening effort in the 62-year history of the Authority and one of the largest infrastructure projects completed in the Western Hemisphere during the past several years.

EPA invites communities to apply for assistance to build resilience, pursue revitalization

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invited communities to apply for technical assistance to implement smart growth development approaches. EPA is offering this technical assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program to help communities across the country, including underserved communities, coastal communities, small cities and rural areas, adopt sustainable growth strategies.

NACTO announces Global Designing Cities Program

San Francisco — The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) announced that it will develop and publish a new Global Street Design Guide, the first-ever worldwide standard for designing city streets and prioritizing safety, pedestrians, transit and sustainable mobility. The guide is the first project of what will become the Global Designing Cities Program, a multi-year initiative to provide guidance on street and public space design to cities around the world.

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