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WRRF releases Model Communication Plans to foster acceptance of potable reuse

Alexandria, Va. — Potable reuse involves the use of proven and reliable technology to purify recycled water so that it can safely supplement the drinking water supplies of communities. It is especially valuable to communities in water-scarce regions. Experience among water agencies and municipalities has shown, however, that public acceptance of direct potable reuse is one of the primary challenges facing this source of water supply.

Historical hydraulic fracturing trends

Reston, Va. — Two new U.S. Geological Survey publications highlight historical hydraulic fracturing trends and data from 1947 to 2010. Hydraulic fracturing is presently the primary stimulation technique for oil and gas production in unconventional resource reservoirs. Comprehensive, published, and publicly available information regarding the extent, location, and character of hydraulic fracturing in the United States is scarce.

Louis Berger board approves succession plan

Morristown, N.J. — Louis Berger, a global professional services corporation, announced that the company's board of directors approved a leadership succession plan that will allow for the transition of the chief executive officer position at the end of the company's fiscal year. Effective July 1, 2015, Louis Berger president and CEO Nicholas J. Masucci, will be elevated to the role of Louis Berger chairman while transitioning the responsibility of CEO to D. James Stamatis, the company's current International operating company president.

UA invention slows water evaporation, generates energy

Tucson, Ariz. — A new technology invented at the University of Arizona offers a positive environmental impact by slowing the evaporation of water from bodies of water such as mining tailings ponds and reservoirs, while simultaneously generating solar energy.

Arup celebrates opening of five arts and culture facilities

New York – Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm, celebrated the opening of The Elstein Center for Music and Art in Zichron, Israel; Musikkens Hus Nordjylland North Jutland House of Music in Aalborg, Denmark; The Virginia Tech Center for the Arts in Blacksburg, Va.; The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario; and the Francine and Sterling Clark Art Museum in Williamstown, Mass.

Urban Waters federal partnership initiates San Antonio River Basin Project

Dallas — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) are celebrating the start of the Urban Waters Project. The project will reconnect urban communities with their waterways by increasing federal and local communication and coordination. The Urban Waters Federal Partnership is a community-led revitalization effort to improve the San Antonio area’s creek and rivers while promoting economic, environmental and social benefits.

Construction underway at SDSU South Campus Plaza

San Diego — Construction is underway on the South Campus Plaza, a mixed-use student housing and retail project located on the campus of San Diego State University (SDSU). Sundt Construction, Inc., a full-service general contractor, was selected as the design-build contractor for the $143 million project, which includes two residential buildings above all ground-floor retail, and an adjacent parking structure.

Louis Berger sweeps ACEC Metro Washington Engineering Excellence Grand Awards

Morristown, N.J. — Louis Berger took top honors in both the design and non-design categories from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Metropolitan Washington (ACEC/MW) at its annual Engineering Excellence Awards dinner. The industry organization honored the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool reconstruction as the top design project and the Washington Monument earthquake repair project, which Louis Berger managed jointly with Hill International, as the top non-design project.

SWEMA announces new board of directors

Roxborough, Colo. — The Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association (SWEMA) announced a new Board of Directors for 2015-2016. SWEMA Members elected Will Harris as President (Oldcastle Stormwater Solutions); Derek Berg as Vice President (Contech Engineered Solutions), and Kevin McKee as Treasurer (Hydro International).

Soils could keep contaminants in wastewater from reaching groundwater, streams

University Park, Pa. — With endocrine-disrupting compounds affecting fish populations in rivers as close as Pennsylvania's Susquehanna and as far away as Israel's Jordan, a new research study shows that soils can filter out and break down at least some of these emerging contaminants. The results suggest that water pollution can be diminished by spraying treated wastewater on land rather than discharging it directly into streams, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

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