Water, Wastewater and Stormwater

  1. Biochar Could Make Desalination More Cost Effective

    Imagine being able to desalinate water using a product derived from wood waste.How could wood waste fit into water desalination? By applying a process called pyrolysis, which thermochemically processes biomass, such as wood waste.
  2. Habitat Restoration Projects Abound in Urban Settings

    Nature is coming to your doorstep. Or close to it, at least.The line of demarcation between city and wilderness is fading, with U.S. cities around the country spearheading urban habitat restoration projects. It’s a topic that is getting increased attention.
  3. Sustainable Lawn Care Requires Local Solutions

    MILLBROOK, N.Y. - What do people living in Boston, Baltimore, Miami, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, and Los Angeles have in common? From coast to coast, prairie to desert – residential lawns reign.But, according to a new study in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, beneath this sea of green lie unexpected differences in fertilization and irrigation practices.
  4. Cities Sing the Snow Removal Blues

    Described by some as the coldest winter in 30 years, and with one storm after another keeping snow plows on the road, the winter of 2013-14 is already putting a strain on public works departments in many parts of the country.More winter storms and colder temperatures bring increased costs and environmental concerns that have some communities testing new products and procedures that make coping with winter weather more sustainable.
  5. Private Investment Calms Water Woes in Bayonne

    In the nearly universal struggle to improve and maintain crumbling infrastructure, local governments are increasingly turning to private investors to pay for and manage public services.These public/private partnerships (often called P3s), while sometimes controversial, are the new reality for many cities squeezed by crippling debt and in dire need of major capital improvements.
  6. Antibacterials Fuel Resistant Bacteria in Streams

    MILLBROOK, N.Y. -- Triclosan – a synthetic antibacterial widely used in personal care products – is fueling the development of resistant bacteria in streams and rivers. So reports a new paper in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, which is the first to document triclosan resistance in a natural environment.Invented for surgeons in the 1960s, triclosan slows or stops the growth of bacteria, fungi and mildew. Currently, around half of liquid soaps contain the chemical, as well as toothpastes, deodorants, cosmetics, liquid cleansers, and detergents.
  7. Water Resources Reused and Reinvigorated

    Water resources are taken for granted in many parts of the United States, but the drought of 2012 and increasingly unpredictable rainfall in many parts of the country since then are making communities rethink their water use and resources, whether they have too little or too much.This was the focus of the session, When It Rains, It Pours (Or Not), presented at the 6th annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, held recently in Dubuque, Iowa.
  8. Water Supplies Threatened by Legacy of Acid Rain

    Millbrook, NY – Human activities are changing the water chemistry of many streams and rivers in the Eastern U.S., with consequences for water supplies and aquatic life, so reports a new study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.In the first survey of its kind, researchers looked at long-term alkalinity trends in 97 streams and rivers from Florida to New Hampshire. Sites ranged from small headwater streams to some of the nation’s largest rivers. Over the past 25 to 60 years, two-thirds have become significantly more alkaline.
  9. Madison Colors Wisconsin Green

    MADISON, Wis. -- In the heart of America’s breadbasket, Madison is a blue city in a red state with a long tradition of green living.A college town with a vast network of bicycle trails, more than 500 rain gardens and a farmers’ market almost every day of the week, Madison is a city where every homeowner has the RIGHT to install solar or wind power, and where people are free to pick and eat fruits and berries growing in public parks and green spaces.
  10. Study: Streams Stressed by Pharmaceutical Pollution

    Pharmaceuticals commonly found in the environment are disrupting streams, with unknown impacts on aquatic life and water quality, according to a new ecological applications paper released by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y. The paper, written with input from researchers at Indiana University and Loyola University Chicago, highlights the ecological cost of pharmaceutical waste and the need for more research into environmental impacts.
  11. Green Infrastructure Passes KC Test

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Just last year, workers in Kansas City replaced the last of the city’s wooden sewer pipes, some constructed prior to the Civil War. But, the infrastructure changes having the most impact on one challenged neighborhood are blossoming above the ground, not buried beneath it. Green infrastructure is helping alleviate combined sewer overflows, as intended, in the neighborhood where heavy rains often sent raw sewage spilling into the waterways of the Middle Blue River Basin.
  12. Milwaukee Council Considers Green Streets Policy

    Still reeling from back-to-back flash floods in 2010, Milwaukee is hoping green infrastructure will prevent its multi-billion-dollar "Deep Tunnel" system from being overwhelmed again. To lessen the impact of heavy rain on its sewer system, the city of Milwaukee is in the process of adopting a green streets policy, adding landscaping and engineering features to capture, hold and clean stormwater – a more cost-effective alternative to expanding its underground infrastructure.
  13. Maple Syrup, Moose, and Local Impacts of Climate Change

    MILLBROOK, N.Y. -- In the northern hardwood forest, climate change is poised to reduce the viability of the maple syrup industry, spread wildlife diseases and tree pests, and change timber resources. And, according to a new BioScience paper released by twenty-one scientists, without long-term studies at the local scale — we will be ill-prepared to predict and manage these effects.
  14. Creek Restoration Turns Flood Plain into Park-Like Amenity

    In the spring of 1999, residents of a neighborhood on the north side of Dubuque, Iowa, faced a serious dilemma: With tornado sirens blaring outside, they could either evacuate their homes in the middle of a major thunderstorm, or they could risk drowning in their flooded basements as the water continued to rise around them. To make matters worse, it’s doubtful that many who occupied the 1,150 homes in the path of the flooding even knew they were at risk prior to the storm. At that time, not many had even heard of Bee Branch Creek or were aware their homes sat within its watershed.
  15. High Strength Waste Helps Supercharge Sewer Gas

    Treating wastewater is an essential public service for a healthy community. But pumping the wastewater where it needs to go, operating aerators and other aspects of water treatment all consume a great deal of electricity.The answer is not to stop treating the wastewater, of course, but to either reduce the amount of energy required and/or find ways to generate energy as a byproduct of the process itself.
  16. Integrated Water Planning Nets Sustainable Solutions in KC

    Sometimes good ideas flow freely, connecting people to resources that solve problems efficiently and effectively. Other times, those great ideas get stuck in a “silo,” a narrow tube into which ideas can move vertically, but never horizontally where they’d connect with other good ideas. When it comes to managing water resources, Kerry Herndon says the EPA would like to see a more integrated approach.
  17. Leading Change Toward Sustainability

    You'd think Michael Mucha would be crowing a little more about the progress his wastewater district is making toward energy independence, but that success has come only after learning a lot of lessons the hard way. Leading in sustainability, he says, requires more than just a vision and a plan. The hard work is in developing trust, relationships, and collaboration among friends - friends that might include people who don't share your vision and don't like your plan.
  18. Climate Change Impacts: L.A. Braces for More Wet Weather

    Climate change is not only expected to cause more hot weather days in Los Angeles; scientists forecast there will be more wet ones as well. A rise in extreme wet-weather events could push the capacity of the storm drain and wastewater collection systems to their limits. But up until recently, the city’s civil and environmental engineers had not factored in the effects of climate change into their computer-assisted models.
  19. Water Leak Detection System Finds Bubbling 'Spring' in PA Borough

    PITTSBURGH, Penn. -- Monaca Borough Manager Mario N. Leone Jr. likes to tell the story of the old spring on the 14th Street hill. At least, everyone thought it was a spring until the day it showed up on the borough’s new leak detection system as—just that—a leak. Leone says the “spring” had stayed underground in a sandstone formation until the day he and other officials found out it was leaking as much as 200,000 gallons a day, which is about one-third of the 600,000 gallons the borough normally pumps each day to residents on its system.
  20. Urban River Restoration Projects Create Healthier Neighborhoods

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Community leaders in Milwaukee are discovering that the health of an urban waterway can have a direct impact on the health of the people who live along its banks.“Water is a powerful draw for investment, adds value, and serves as a backbone to a healthy and vibrant community,” said Ben Gramling, director of the environmental health department at the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center located on Milwaukee's culturally diverse south side. But, he said, when urban streams are turned into straight concrete channels that become virtual fire hoses during a heavy rain, they become a threat to the health of everything that lives in or around the ragging torrent. Flood damaged and moldy homes, water-borne illnesses, even drownings are a frequent reality in such places.
  21. Direct Potable Water Reuse Considered in West Basin

    How would you feel about pouring yourself a glass of water that came directly out of a wastewater treatment plant and into your kitchen tap? Would you drink it down without a second thought? Probably not … yet.
  22. Farmer Education Programs Help Sustain High-Tech Farming

    On an afternoon in May, a group tours a Wisconsin farm, learning about producing biofuel from soybeans, canola and sorghum. At a pasture walk near Giard, Iowa, individuals learn about rotational grazing, pasture improvements, subdivisions, and watering systems over rough and rolling terrain. In Dubuque, Iowa, the Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management conference covers adjusting ration starch concentration, corn snaplage and shredlage, pricing homegrown and purchased forages, recycled manure solids for bedding, economics of robotic milking and evaluating farm feeding programs. While your father might recognize the complexities, technologies and possibilities of today’s farming business, your grandfather likely would not.
  23. River Assessments Find Many Virginia Waterways Impaired

    Acknowledging that 81 percent of Virginia’s lakes and an estimated 71 percent of its rivers and streams are considered “impaired” by a variety of pollutants including E. coli bacteria and oxygen-depleting nutrients, the state’s director of environmental quality said progress is being made and the Commonwealth has seen an overall improvement in the quality of its waterways since 2002. But, with half its assessed river miles deemed unsafe for swimming, and 43 percent of assessed lake acres impaired for aquatic life, Virginia, like many states, has a long way to go.
  24. Bioretention Systems Reduce Pollution and Flooding

    When a hard rain falls, water splashes through the leaves of towering trees, drips among the limbs, and slowly seeps into the ground, regenerating plant life, renewing habitat, and recharging the aquifer below. Unless of course that forest has been replaced by an urban landscape complete with asphalt roofs and impermeable pavement. In that case, the water rushes along, picking up sediment and junk until, shimmering with petroleum goop, it rips apart the banks of shallow local streams. Scenario A is a distant memory for much of our natural environment, and unfortunately, Scenario B has been taking its place. Thanks to water resource experts like Roger Bannerman of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, a third scenario featuring the restoration of natural processes is already underway.
  25. Why Not Flush Rooftop Rainwater?

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -– As America’s expanding urban areas struggle with major water supply shortages and runoff pollution problems, capturing rainwater from rooftops provides a tremendous untapped opportunity to increase water supply and improve water quality, according to a recent analysis on Capturing Rainwater from Rooftops by the Natural Resources Defense Council. In its report, NRDC demonstrates the benefits and potential of rooftop rainwater capture, a "green infrastructure" practice that can be used to retain stormwater runoff on-site, by analyzing ways in which eight diverse U.S. cities could incorporate this simple water collection approach.
  26. Combined Sewer Overflows a Two-Billion-Gallon Problem in Cincinnati

    What does a city do with billions of gallons of stormwater runoff? That's the challenge for the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati as it nears its 2018 EPA Phase 1 mandated consent decree deadline to capture, treat or remove two billion gallons of annual overflows from its combined sewers. Plus, the city must eliminate the overflow of another 100 million gallons from sanitary-only sewers.
Tuesday 05/06/2014
U.S. Water Expands into Mid-Atlantic Region with Acquisition
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 11:21 am

ST. MICHAEL, Minn. -- U.S. Water Services, Inc., a provider of integrated water and process solutions for industry, has announced the acquisition of Water Chemical Service, Inc.

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Tuesday 04/22/2014
Hybrid Energy Center Helping to Clean Streams While Generating Electricity
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 10:55 am

RICHMOND, Va. -- Since beginning commercial operation in July 2012, Dominion Virginia Power's Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center in Wise County has recycled nearly 1.1 million tons of waste coal, following through on a commitment to help clean environmental hot spots that dot the coalfields of Southwest Virginia.

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Tuesday 02/04/2014
Atkins Transplants Seagrass to Restore Fish Habitat in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 9:35 am

INDIAN RIVER LAGOON, Fla. -- Atkins’ environmental experts have transplanted seagrass along the bottom of the Indian River Lagoon as part of a three year experimental test program to restore the once-lush fish habitat near Sebastian Inlet on Florida’s east coast. According to the St. Johns River Water Management District, each acre of lagoon seagrass supports about 10,000 fish and $5,000 to $10,000 in economic activity in the region.

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Monday 12/30/2013
Artesian Water Company Completes Major Water Main Projects in Delaware
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 10:55 am

NEWARK, Del. -- Artesian Water Company, a subsidiary of Artesian Resources Corporation, announced that it recently has completed nine projects in New Castle County and Sussex County, Del., investing nearly $5 million in eight water main replacements and a new installation.

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Monday 10/14/2013
Itron Combines Innovation, Smart Technology to Improve Water Management
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 11:21 am

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -- Itron, Inc., announced the release of a new smart solution for water. The new Intelis residential ultrasonic water device features the latest in measurement technology and high-performing embedded communications and sensors to help water utilities better measure, manage and analyze water use.

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Tuesday 10/01/2013
Solidification Product Line Designed to Safely Remediate Hazardous Waste
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 10:13 am

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Kroff, Inc., a specialty chemical company focused on creative solutions for environmental, manufacturing and water treatment processes, introduced a new waste solidification product line designed to solidify liquids and suspend pollutants so they are no longer permeable. The advanced polymers enable hazardous waste producers, waste treatment facilities and landfill sites to solidify both water- and oil-based waste.

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Tuesday 09/17/2013
New Dewatering Tool for New Jersey Contractors and Engineers
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 10:55 am

OCEAN, N.J. -- In their recent New Product Technical Bulletin, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, State Soil Conservation Committee approved the use of Aqualete Industries' WTS2000 Portable Sediment Tank for compliance with the Standard for Dewatering.

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Tuesday 07/23/2013
Pilot Test of Water Recycling System Reduces Total Dissolved Solids for Potable Water
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 11:14 am

WORCESTER, Mass. -- ThermoEnergy Corporation and STW Resources Holding Corp. announced they have completed a successful pilot test of ThermoEnergy’s TurboFrac produced water recycling system. The pilot was conducted at a major oil producer’s site near Midland, Texas. STW provided access and operated the site in conjunction with ThermoEnergy. The purpose of the pilot was to demonstrate the performance and durability of the TurboFrac system.

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Monday 07/08/2013
Technology Meets Challenges to Overcome Seasonal Wastewater Issues
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 11:14 am

OSLO, Norway -- Biowater Technology, a provider of advanced biological wastewater treatment processes and equipment for municipal and industrial facilities globally, has been awarded a contract by the village of Bloomingdale, Mich., to supply its compete mix fixed film biological treatment process.

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Tuesday 05/28/2013
Wastecorp Launches New Trash Pumps
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 11:14 am

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Wastecorp Pumps, a manufacturer of diaphragm pumps, trash pumps and plunger pumps, launched a new engine driven trash pump product line under its Trash Flow brand. Wastecorp's new trash pumps are available in 3" and 4" rental pump models and 3", 4", 6", 8", 10" and 12" municipal/industrial pump classifications with over nine choices to select from.

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More Water Product Announcements
Wednesday 03/31/2010
Fairview Wastewater System

Recipient: Eastern Iowa Regional Utility Service Systems

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Monday 03/29/2010
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

Recipient: Ferndale, City of

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Thursday 03/25/2010
Bear Creek Watershed Protection & Flood Prevention Project

Recipient: Houston, County of

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Minto Brown Island Park Floodplain Restoration Project

Recipient: City of Salem

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Wednesday 03/24/2010
Rehabilitation of Poteau River Watershed Site 5

Recipient: Waldron, City of

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Monday 03/22/2010
City of Reynolds Wastewater Improvements

Recipient: City of Reynolds

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Crawford County/Huron-Manistee Fuels Mitigation Project

Recipient: Crawford County Road Commission

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Tuesday 03/16/2010
Elk Creek Watershed Fish Passage

Recipient: Elk Creek Watershed Council

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Thursday 03/11/2010
Fy 2010 Tigger Grant Program

Recipient: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

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Alsea Watershed Council In-Stream Helicopter Wood Placement

Recipient: Alsea Watershed Council

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