Civil News

EPA kicks off third-annual Campus RainWorks Challenge to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching its third-annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a prize contest that engages college students in developing innovative green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience to climate change. Through Campus RainWorks, teams of undergraduate and graduate students, working with a faculty advisor, develop a proposed green infrastructure project for the campus, showing how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the community and the environment.

Hatch Mott MacDonald to provide technical consultant services for Metrolinx

Iselin, N.J. — Metrolinx selected Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM) to provide technical consultant services for the resignaling of the Union Station Rail Corridor and the provision of a new control system for the entire GO Transit rail network. GO Transit operates services over 264 route miles and 8 rail corridors. Approximately 70 percent are owned by GO Transit and dispatched by Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway from respective control centers.

Illinois governor signs Clean Water Initiative

Chicago — Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn is expected to sign into law legislation that will help Illinois cities better prepare for the impacts of climate change. The legislation, known as the Clean Water Initiative, provides much needed financial support for communities in Illinois to improve their stormwater, wastewater, and drinking water infrastructure, while also helping make those essential systems better prepared to deal with the impacts of climate change.

HNTB Corporation adds multiple key rail transit experts to serve growing U.S. transit market

Kansas City, Mo. — Rail transit is quickly becoming an increasingly important transportation mode throughout the United States as highway congestion increases and the costs of owning and operating a vehicle rise. To meet the growing demand for multimodal transportation options, HNTB Corporation has expanded its rail transit practice over the last 12 months by adding 10 highly sought-after industry experts to its leadership team across the United States.

Researchers study ‘smart’ rocks use for detecting bridge damage

Rolla, Mo. — It’s hard to gauge how structurally sound a bridge is when its foundation is buried in a riverbed deep below the water’s surface. New “smart” rocks that are being developed by researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology will give engineers an accurate, easy and cost-effective tool to monitor a bridge’s foundation, in real time.

Wastewater treatment plant enhances city’s sustainable image

Dubuque, Iowa — Sustainability is classically and creatively exemplified in the City of Dubuque’s recently completed Water and Resource Recovery Center (W&RRC) project. The project represents more than 20 years of collaborative civil engineering by the City of Dubuque, its citizens, and Strand Associates, Inc. After completion of a 20-year facilities plan, the city hired Strand to complete the design and construction of upgrades to the W&RRC.

Private water companies positioned to bridge $500 billion water investment gap in U.S.

Boston — U.S. private water markets are poised for significant growth, according to a new report from Bluefield Research. With an infrastructure investment gap of more than $500 billion for drinking water and wastewater treatment over the next 20 years, a revised regulatory landscape is shaping new opportunities for private players looking to invest strategically in U.S. water.

Watershed rehabilitation funding to repair dams in 26 states

Perry, Okla. — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that communities across the nation will benefit from a $262 million investment to rehabilitate dams that provide critical infrastructure and protect public health and safety. Funding will provide rehabilitation assistance for 150 dams in 26 states. Funds will be used for planning, design or construction. Also, 500 dam sites will be assessed for safety through NRCS’ Watershed Rehabilitation Program.

APWA announces new Certified Stormwater Managers

Kansas City, Mo. — The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced that six public works professionals have recently earned their credential as Certified Stormwater Managers (CSM). The APWA CSM certification is intended for water experts in both the public and private sectors who coordinate and implement stormwater management programs for city, county, state, provincial, and federal agencies. These professionals assist in administering drainage, flood control, and water quality programs. Since its inception, the APWA CSM program has certified 96 Stormwater Managers in North America.

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