The Happiest Trout

| It’s become abundantly clear that medicines ingested by humans and discharged through effluent can affect animals throughout an ecosystem. A recent report reveals that this environmental exposure can, in some cases, subject them to high doses. Researchers from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Australia tested insects and animals from six streams near Melbourne. Between ... READ MORE

Guess What Today Is

| The nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful has been around for decades. Its current mission is pretty simple. It is to “inspire and educate people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment.” When I hear the words “Keep America Beautiful,” I think of a crying Native American from a television public ... READ MORE

Frightening, But Not Scary

| Every year just after Halloween, I feel the need to explain to people that I don’t like or enjoy anything that scares me. That includes roller coasters, haunted houses, clowns, zombies, zombie clowns, and scary movies. Scary books are included in that list. I especially dislike scary movies. They give me nightmares. Scary movies with ... READ MORE

Paying for Green

| Many cities intend, or at least hope, to expand their use of green infrastructure to help manage stormwater and in some cases to reduce combined sewer overflows. Fewer, though, have a comprehensive plan for how to implement, monitor, and maintain these new installations, let alone how to pay for them. Developers might want to—or feel ... READ MORE

Applying Nuclear Science to Erosion

| Several countries in Africa are using an unusual technology to assess and prevent erosion and sedimentation: gamma spectroscopy. Gamma spectroscopy is often used to detect nuclear contamination, such as the fallout from the accident at the Fukushima nuclear reactor or waste from nuclear fuel. I had not been aware of its use for gauging erosion, ... READ MORE

A Liquid Battery

| Advances in materials science are producing extraordinary developments in the energy storage space. A research team from Chalmers University in Sweden recently developed a solar thermal fuel that can store energy long-term and discharge it on demand as heat. The energy storage capacity of this fluid relies on an isomer—the chemical conversion of a molecule into ... READ MORE

Landis+Gyr Makes It Easier for Utilities to Start Analytics Program

| Landis+Gyr (SWISS: LAND.SW) has released version 5.1 of its Advanced Grid Analytics (AGA) software providing easier integration and deployment along with enhanced revenue protection analytics to detect energy theft and malfunctioning meters. The “adapter-free” integration feature found in the new software version eliminates the need for most custom adapters to deploy metering analytics when used ... READ MORE

City of Dothan, Ala. Selects Aclara for Pilot Deployment Project of Combination Electricity and Water Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program Enabled by  Aclara RF Point-to-Multipoint Network 

| Successful Pilot Is the First Step to Full Deployment Reaching Up to 66,000 Individual Endpoints Aclara, a leading supplier of smart infrastructure solutions (SIS) to electric, gas and water utilities around the world, has won a pilot deployment project by the City of Dothan, Alabama for an electricity and water advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) program. Upon ... READ MORE

BEST 2.0: The Building Efficiency System Tool Upgraded

| Building on the foundation of a great tool and with more than one year of additional input from engineers, contractors and building owners, the Hydronic Industry Alliance-Commercial (HIA-C), a committee of the Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA), has upgraded its total commercial building HVAC system efficiency comparison tool that continues to be available online at no ... READ MORE

LG Sonic Introduces Innovative Water Quality Sensor Head

| Data is becoming more and more important. It allows us to access a wealth of information that can prove useful in making decisions not only in our daily lives, but also in water treatment. With MPC-Buoy, LG Sonic introduced data driven algal bloom management. Now, we are introducing a new sensor head that will offer ... READ MORE

SWANA Celebrates America Recycles Day

| Silver Spring, MD – The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) encourages everyone to support recycling as they celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15. “It is important not only to recycle, but do it right,” said David Biderman, SWANA’s Executive Director and CEO. “Countless people recycle; however, many may not realize that they are ... READ MORE

Soft-Pak acquires FASTPace Trash Software

| Soft-Pak Software Solutions (“Soft-Pak”), an operational software solution for the waste and recycling industry announced its expansion by acquiring FASTPace Roll Off Software (“FASTPace”) on October 31, 2018. The acquisition includes all software, clients and employees related to FASTPace Software. This strategic acquisition will provide value to the existing FASTPace users, as Soft-Pak plans to ... READ MORE


| Tiltrotator on “World’s Greatest!…” Strömsund, Sweden, November 12, 2018 – In a reprise of one of the most popular episodes of the US TV show “World’s Greatest!…,” Engcon’s tiltrotators will be featured in the episode airing on November 19, 2018. A tiltrotator is a kind of tilting and rotating quick coupler for excavators, and television ... READ MORE

Caterpillar Expands Renewable Energy Portfolio with High-Efficiency, Shingled-Cell, Monocrystalline SunPower® Solar Panels

| SunPower P-Series solar panel technology generates up to 32 percent more energy than conventional panels over first 25 years Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) today announced that SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) now provides high-efficiency SunPower® Performance Series (P-Series) solar panels under the Cat® brand. Offered as part of the Cat Hybrid Energy Solutions suite, the monocrystalline, shingled-cell Cat ... READ MORE

The Water Main Presents Research on How Americans Relate to Water: Want to Engage Them? Start With What Matters to Them

| Qualitative research from APM Research Lab, Wilder Research offers national perspectives American Public Media’s water initiative, The Water Main, today announced findings in a study focused on Americans’ perceptions on water, a topic for which there is little existing research. Conducted in collaboration with APM Research Lab and Wilder Research, the qualitative study offers water ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Charles Martin

| An EPA consent decree became a career changer for Charles Martin, director of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) Division of Water Quality. In 2006, EPA and the Commonwealth of Kentucky filed a lawsuit against Lexington for Clean Water Act violations based on sewage discharges into streams. Finalized in 2011, the consent decree agreement requires ... READ MORE

Trimble Announces Forensics GNSS Solution

| Solution Combines GNSS Receiver, Tablet or Handhelds and Forensics Software to Increase Speed and Efficiency in the Field for Crash and Crime Scene Investigations  LAS VEGAS, Nov. 5, 2018—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today the launch of the Trimble® Forensics GNSS solution. The solution combines the Trimble T10 tablet or TDC100 handheld with the Trimble Forensics Capture ... READ MORE

Advertiser’s Index

|   American Peat Technology LLC Best Management Products Bio Clean/Forterra CleanWay Environmental Partners Crumpler Plastic Pipe Inc DOGIPOT ENPAC LLC Fabco Industries IECA Innovyze / XP Solutions J.W. Faircloth & Son Neenah Foundry Company North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) Oldcastle ... READ MORE

Trimble and HCSS Collaborate to Bring Civil Bidding, Estimating, Job Costing and Safety Applications to Key Global Markets

| SUNNYVALE, Calif., November 2018—As part of an ongoing commitment to transform the way engineering and construction companies work, Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and HCSS, Inc. will collaborate to tightly couple estimating and bidding workflows to field operations, driving increased job site productivity, improved quality and expanded visibility into today’s construction environment. This collaboration will include strategic ... READ MORE


|   PRINSCO INC. Maximum Infiltration & Groundwater Recharge As regulatory demands around infiltration and groundwater recharge continue to escalate, Prinsco’s Hydrostor Stormwater Chambers provide a strategic, high-performance option for your next stormwater management project. Hydrostor systems have minimum environmental impact and are available in two sizes. The HS75 and HS180 offer installed stormwater storage of ... READ MORE

Trimble Announces Machine Control and Payload Management on One Platform

| Mixed Fleet Machine Control with Integrated Payload Management Simplifies Workflows LAS VEGAS, November 2018—Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced the Trimble® LOADRITE® Payload Management for Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform for Excavators integration. This integration will help increase productivity and efficiency for excavator operations, allowing contractors to track bucket-by-bucket payload, and monitor mass haul progress from the same ... READ MORE

But What Are You Doing About the Owl Habitat?!

| What seemed simple on the surface became complicated in a hurry. In May 2015, we had a plan to resolve persistent flooding issues in the Rolling Hills neighborhood (Figure 1) through a series of stormwater projects involving large box culverts and open channel work. Work was phased from the upstream end to downstream due to ... READ MORE

Trimble Unifies Business Center Software to Provide a Single Version for Survey and Civil Construction

| Complete Office Software Solution Lowers Operational Costs, Increases Productivity for Enterprises LAS VEGAS, November, 2018—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced version 5.0 of Trimble® Business Center, which merges two products, Trimble Business Center and Business Center – HCE, to provide both surveying and civil construction customers with a complete office software solution. Combining both products into one ... READ MORE

A Piece of the Puzzle

| Long-time football coach Vince Lombardi once said that the greatest accomplishment isn’t in never falling, but in rising again after you fall. Cleveland, OH, a city once known for industrialized manufacturing and a major hub on the Cuyahoga River, experienced a fall of sorts in 1969 by way of river fire. The fire that would ... READ MORE

New Trimble Earthworks GO! Grade Control Platform for Compact Machine Grading Attachments

| Trimble Sets a New Standard in Ease-of-Use and Portability for Machine Control LAS VEGAS, November, 2018—Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced the release of the Trimble® Earthworks GO! Grade Control Platform, a 2D grade control solution for compact machine grading attachments. Trimble Earthworks GO! enables high-accuracy grading in an easy-to-use, portable platform. It is the only Bring Your ... READ MORE

IDDE Programs Revisited

| Today, the once-ritual Sunday dinner at Grandma’s has largely fallen to the wayside and is a memory of a bygone era. But for those of us who can remember it, the post-meal cleanup after these gastronomic events had specific protocols that recalled Depression-era deprivation and the “waste not, want not” philosophy. First, all the uneaten ... READ MORE

Cold Weather Stormwater Management

| As the winter season commences, stormwater management shifts to cold weather practices in much of the US. It brings inherent challenges, especially the effects of deicing salt, sand, and chemicals and concerns about runoff into nearby water bodies. ... READ MORE

Editor’s Comments: Show Some Backbone

| A  few weeks back, I wrote in a blog for the magazine’s website about the situation on the Mediterranean coast, where nearly 50 UNESCO World Heritage sites are under threat. A recent study found that 37 sites are at risk from a 100-year flood and 42 from coastal erosion. With the exception of Venice and its ... READ MORE

New Version of Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform Includes Support for Motor Graders and Automatic Guidance for Tiltrotators

| Full Family of Machine Types Now Available on the Trimble Earthworks Platform LAS VEGAS, November, 2018—Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced the release of Trimble® Earthworks Grade Control Platform version 1.7 with support for motor graders and automatic guidance for tiltrotator attachments. Trimble Earthworks for Motor Graders is a GNSS-based, 3D grade control solution designed to make fine ... READ MORE

State Water Board Funds to Be Used for Vital Erosion Control After Record-Setting Mendocino Complex Fire

| SACRAMENTO — With erosion threats to Clear Lake looming following the largest wildfire in California history, the State Water Board and Lake County Resource Conservation District (RCD) are poised to jump-start native plant restoration and limit the environmental damage. The State Water Board’s $605,000 grant will pay for erosion control work in strategic locations within ... READ MORE

Waste Management Phoenix Open Receives Highest International Award for Sustainability in Golf

| SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Nov. 8, 2018) – The 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open recently received the highest international award for sustainability in golf for its efforts to balance environmental impacts, conserve natural resources and benefit the local community as Scotland-based GEO Foundation (GEO) again named the event as a “GEO Certified® Tournament.” To become “GEO Certified®” ... READ MORE

Lockheed Martin and Cypress Creek Renewables Receive National Award for Energy Storage Project

| Companies selected as Energy Storage North America 2018 Innovation Award Winner Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Cypress Creek Renewables received an Energy Storage North America (ESNA) 2018 Innovation Award for leadership in energy storage and positive impact on the energy storage industry, displayed in their collaboration on a series of solar-plus-storage projects. In March, Lockheed ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Richard Dunbar

| As an erosion control specialist, Richard Dunbar has spent decades being among the first on the scene of a new development and then arrives to mitigate disasters that may occur on established development. “Doing erosion control, we’re usually the first in on the project before the grading starts, so our job is to keep the ... READ MORE

Advertiser’s Index

|   A.H. Meyer Maschinenfabrik GmbH Aqua Dam Inc. Bowie Industries Inc. Dietz Hydroseeding Ernst Conservation Seeds Erosion Supply Company Express Blower Inc. Filtrexx International LLC FINN Corporation Genesis Nursery Inc Geosynthetics Conference Heavyweight Sediment Control Solutions J.W. Faircloth & Son Maccaferri Inc. ... READ MORE


| Express Blower Express Blower has received Tier 4 Final certification per EPA/EU/CARB standards on its self-contained machines, which include models TM-45MD, TM-45HD, TM-70MD, TM-70HD, and the compact SKHD. The John Deere PowerTech PSS 6.8L engine powers the MD (Medium Duty) models, while the HD (Heavy Duty) machines use the John Deere PowerTech PSS 9.0L engine. ... READ MORE

Geosynthetics in Motion

| Several tributaries bring water to the main stem of San Luis Obispo Creek, which flows right through the middle of downtown San Luis Obispo, CA. With a population of close to 50,000 residents, the San Luis Obispo Creek watershed covers approximately 84 square miles. Also located in the city is Laguna Lake, a natural feature ... READ MORE

Choosing the Right Machine

| Fertilizer, seed, mulch, tackifier: All are important parts of a hydroseeding or hydromulching task. Poor-quality ingredients or inexpert application of any of these threatens the success of a project. But another big component of a hydromulching project is the equipment. Choosing the right equipment to complete a project is crucial to the success of the ... READ MORE

Revegetating With Soil Amendments and Native Seed

| Both natural events and those caused by human activity can cause extreme and far-reaching disturbances to our ecosystems. Mitigation is often required to restore and revegetate natural plant communities if we hope to stabilize them. Recreation has caused an increase in human activity in many areas, increasing the demand for the resources necessary for corrective ... READ MORE

Challenges and Opportunities in Maintaining Lake Erie’s Maritime Highways

| As the restless spirit overtook American colonists to push west for land, the harbors of the Great Lakes were a welcoming landscape. Here lay the potential to expand their dreams of a flourishing commerce—to export the bounty of prosperous farms and products of fledgling industry. This possibility was enhanced with the extensive canal and rail ... READ MORE

Editor’s Comments: New Ways to Pay

| At this time last year, we here in southern California had no inkling that the Thomas Fire—until recently the state’s largest, ultimately burning its way through more than 280,000 acres—was just around the corner. It started in early December 2017, burned for more than a month, destroyed more than a thousand structures as well as ... READ MORE

There’s a Robot in Your Pipes… And it’s Wearing a Skirt

| Sometimes great innovations are inspired by quotidian life. Such is the case with a revolutionary leak-detecting robot. Mechanical engineer You Wu began developing leak detection solutions when he joined the MIT Mechatronics Research Lab and was charged with adapting a colleague’s gas leak detection device for water pipes. The original model, a self-propelled robot, was ... READ MORE

Number One Bricks

| You know how scientists are always making everyday items out of not so obvious used materials? Well, maybe not “always” now that I’m trying to remember some of those things. But if anyone asks you, “What’s the weirdest thing a scientist has ever made out of a not-so-obvious used material?” you can tell them this: ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Matt Corson

| THE FLINT, MI, water crisis has amplified the importance of water quality issues for water utilities and their consumers on the national front as well as the criticality of the work of people such as Matt Corson, director of environmental compliance and stewardship for American Water. Corson is responsible for directing the overall environmental compliance and stewardship program across more than 300 drinking water systems and nearly 200 wastewater operations owned or operated under contract by American Water throughout the country. He assists with the overall vision and strategy for American Water, coordinating with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and water industry organizations on national water quality issues and to help shape future drinking water regulations. He credits “strong teams at the state and local level that do the hard work” in helping with that effort. ... READ MORE

Advertiser’s Index

|   American Leak Detection CORE & MAIN Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association EWRI – Environmental & Water Resources Institute Fluid Conservation Systems Hermann Sewerin GmbH Hobas Pipe USA Kisters North America Mueller Co Plast-O-Matic Valves Inc SebaKMT/Megger Utility Services Associates ... READ MORE


|   BLUE-WHITE There are no metals in the fluid path of F-461 Series inline Variable Area Flowmeters, making these units well suited for use in many ultrapure applications. Constructed of tough, chemical-resistant polysulfone, F-461 flowmeters offer better resistance to high temperatures, pressures, and a broad base of harsh chemicals than many plastic flowmeters on the market. ... READ MORE

Ultrasonic Algae Control

| EMBALSE LA FE is a freshwater reservoir in Medellín in Colombia. The lake measures 1.1 square kilometers and is used to supply drinking water to about 55% of the people in Medellín. In addition, the reservoir is also used for recreational purposes. Unfortunately, the reservoir was suffering from frequent algal blooms, hampering its uses for both drinking water production and recreation. The problematic algal species primarily consisted of blue-green algae, along with diatom growth. ... READ MORE

Prioritizing Efficiency

| LOCATED 20 MILES outside Cleveland, OH, the City of Avon is now one of the fastest growing communities in northeast Ohio. The city is situated next to Lake Erie and is home to more than 20,700 residents. Its water utility serves approximately 10,500 residential and 1,000 commercial accounts with clean and reliable water. ... READ MORE

Pump Maintenance 101

| Maintenance will never be exciting. But it’s necessary work required to ensure that a pumping system operates when you need it. If pump operation was a football team, maintenance would be the offensive linemen who do the grunt work in the trenches of the scrimmage line and make possible the exciting plays and athletic prowess ... READ MORE

Pump Maintenance 101

| Maintenance will never be exciting. But it’s necessary work required to ensure that a pumping system operates when you need it. If pump operation was a football team, maintenance would be the offensive linemen who do the grunt work in the trenches of the scrimmage line and make possible the exciting plays and athletic prowess ... READ MORE

Critical Support

| We’ve all had it happen. Either ourselves or our neighbors have had their basements flooded during a major rainfall. To make matters worse, a lightning strike has taken out the neighborhood power grid, rendering the basement sump pump inoperable. It’s a helpless feeling to watch as the water rises up through the foundation. Whether it’s a small basement foundation or a major flood control levee, pumps are critical to the performance of hydraulic control structures. Except for those rare cases in which small-scale manual pumps are still employed, pump operation depends on the available power supply. For potentially critical situations, a ready backup power supply should be available to take over if the main power grid fails. But before these backup power systems can be appraised, the basic question of how much power a pump requires has to be answered. ... READ MORE

The Automation Advantage

| New technology doesn’t come cheap. But what if that new tech could help utilities better control and monitor the flow of drinking water through their water delivery systems? What if that technology could help utilities discover potential leaks or isolate those pumps and valves that are starting to gradually fail before they stop working completely? ... READ MORE

Backflow Prevention Methods

| Without a source of clean, safe water, neither individuals nor communities can survive. So perhaps the greatest invention of any civilization is a way to ensure clean, safe water. Supplying clean, potable water is both complicated and straightforward. The actual process is a relatively simple series of steps (extraction from groundwater or surfazce water sources, storage, treatment, pumping, and transmission via pipeline). The complexity occurs within each of these steps. ... READ MORE

In it for the Long Haul

| A pump is a mechanism that utilizes mechanical force to overcome distance, elevation, and friction to move water or another liquid through a conduit to a point where it can be discharged, stored, or utilized. Like all mechanical devices, pumps can wear out or break over time. A pump's operational lifetime and longevity of service is in direct proportion to the resistance it has to overcome while it is working. The greater the resistance, the greater the wear and tear on the pump. This resistance is measured in units of feet (or meters) of an equivalent column of water. ... READ MORE

A Critical Role

| When it comes to moving water efficiently, pumps and valves play a critical role. Some efficiency concerns focus on the wastewater utility sector, where "the EPA state revolving funds are going to fixing failing existing sewers—not so much extending into new service areas as much as they have been, but now repairing the leaky infrastructure," says George Vorsheim, director of marketing and communications for Environment One Corporation (E/One). ... READ MORE

The Beating Heart of the Treatment System

| A pump moves fluids by mechanical action. This mechanical action can be suction, impeller, or displacement. And no fluid can move through a network of pipes or a treatment system without the use of pumps. Often pumps are given short shrift in the planning and design of treatment systems compared to clarifiers, digesters, filters, and disinfection devices. But, choosing the wrong pump can result in a mismatch of the pump's flow rate and pressure with the system's flow-through rate and operating head requirements. These basic requirements have been augmented by recent advances in pump technology, and applied to water and wastewater systems. ... READ MORE