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WEF announces winners of 2014 Stormwater Video Competition

Alexandria, Va. — The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced the winners of its 2014 StormTV Project competition. The project recognizes, highlights, and promotes the work of stormwater professionals worldwide through videos that are submitted from nonprofit organizations, government entities, consulting firms and equipment manufacturers.

Seismic engineer to present Napa earthquake assessment at 2014 SEAOC Convention

Los Angeles — Scott M. Adan, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., SECB, director of Seismic Assessment Services with IVI International, Inc., will present a just-scheduled session about the late-August American Canyon earthquake at the 2014 Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) Convention to be held in Indian Wells, Calif., Sept. 10-13, 2014.

L.A. County watershed project receives ISI Envision Platinum award

Washington, D.C. —The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced that the Sun Valley Watershed Multi-Benefit Project in Los Angeles County, Calif., has earned the Envision infrastructure rating system’s Platinum award — the highest level attainable in the Envision system. The project, a first-of-its-kind venture geared to managing stormwater for the Sun Valley Watershed, provides flood protection, improved watershed health, increased open space and recreational opportunities, and increased wildlife habitat.

Tweets during 2013 Colorado floods gave engineers valuable data on infrastructure damage

Boulder, Colo. — Tweets sent during last year’s massive flooding on Colorado’s Front Range were able to detail the scope of damage to the area’s infrastructure, according to a study by the University of Colorado Boulder. The findings can help geotechnical and structural engineers more effectively direct their reconnaissance efforts after future natural disasters — including earthquakes, tsunamis and tornadoes — as well as provide them data that might otherwise be lost due to rapid cleanup efforts.

Heat recovery system eliminates heating bills at wastewater treatment plant

Commerce Township, Mich. — A new sewage geothermal heat recovery system developed by Giffels Webster is expected to save Commerce Township $50,000 in heating costs this winter. Giffels Webster, the township’s consulting engineering firm, worked with the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s office to design and engineer the system at the township’s wastewater treatment plant earlier this year.

New data show U.S. driving at highest level in six years

Washington, D.C. — New estimates released by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that American driving between July 2013 and June 2014 is at levels not seen since 2008, fueling calls for greater investment in highways that must bear growing volumes of traffic.

Four energy companies form joint venture to build 550-mile, $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Richmond, Va. — Four major U.S. energy companies — Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, and AGL Resources — announced the formation of a joint venture to build and own the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The $4.5 billion to $5 billion, 550-mile natural gas pipeline would run from Harrison County, W.Va., southeast through Virginia with an extension to Chesapeake, Va., and then south through central North Carolina to Robeson County. The partnership, called Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC, will own the pipeline initially proposed by Dominion as the Southeast Reliability Project.

BioPreferred program opens to wood products

Washington, D.C. — American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding the recognition of wood products under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred Program going into effect today. The 2014 Farm Bill states that forest products, previously considered to be ineligible because they were “mature market,” are now eligible products to be recognized in USDA biobased programs.

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