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$7.5 billion water bond to California voters

Faced with an extreme drought that has crippled the state’s agricultural industry and prompted mandatory water restrictions, California voters will have the chance this November to vote on a $7.5 billion bond package to finance water supply, infrastructure, and conservation projects. California lawmakers approved the $7.5 billion bond measure in place of a previous $11.1 billion proposal after deciding that the latter was not likely to be approved by the voters, the Sacramento Bee reported on August 14. “We’ve got a real water bond, and we’ve got Democrats and Republicans that are more unified than I’ve ever seen, probably, in my life,” said Governor Jerry Brown upon signing the legislation authorizing the ballot measure on August 13. “It was an amazing convergence over a big idea, and the big idea is that the future of California needs a lot of water and we’ve got to use it in the best way possible.” The bond measure includes $2.7 billion for surface-water storage projects, $1.495 billion for watershed protection, $725 million for water recycling and advanced water treatment projects, and $395 million for flood protection.

The state has also implemented an emergency water reporting program, requiring water utilities and suppliers to file reports on the amount of potable water produced or purchased and the number of customers served. The monitoring reports must be submitted by the 15th of every month, beginning this August. Additional residential per capita consumption reports will also have to be submitted beginning on October 15, 2014.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Trinity Consultants, Sierra Research to merge

Air quality consultancy Trinity Consultants, Inc. (Dallas, TX) and Sierra Research, an air quality and pollution control research and engineering firm with offices in Sacramento, California, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, have agreed in principle to merge sometime this year. Both companies provide compliance services to the industrial market, but Sierra also provides private- and public-sector clients with a broad range of vehicle, fuel, and air quality planning support. “Although both companies have a strong air quality focus, we each bring somewhat different skills to the market,” said Paul Greywall, Trinity’s director for business development. “The Sierra team’s deep knowledge of mobile air emissions sources, the California market, and state air quality planning programs are synergistic to Trinity’s long-term growth plans.” Gary Rubenstein, a founding partner at Sierra Research, commented, “this transaction will facilitate expanding Sierra’s unique skill set across a broader geographic area while retaining our air quality focus.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Arcadis wins $125 million Air Force restoration contract

Arcadis NV (Amsterdam, Netherlands) will perform environmental restoration services at 107 sites at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California under a 10-year, $125 million contract recently awarded to the company by the Air Force Civil Engineering Center. Under the performance-based contract, Arcadis will use technologies such as in situ remediation and directed groundwater recirculation to clean up 14 groundwater plumes, 31 soil-contaminated sites, 58 petroleum-contaminated sites, and four landfills. Altogether, the company will achieve closure at 92 of the sites and optimize the remedy at the remainder. About $27 million of the total capacity of the contract has been authorized to date.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014

AbTech, Corvias to partner in P3 stormwater projects

Development, program management, and facility owner-operator company Corvias Solutions (East Greenwich, RI) has chosen to partner with Abtech Holdings, Inc. (Scottsdale, AZ) in the development of large-scale stormwater infrastructure projects as part of Corvias’s $100 million public-private partnership (P3) contract with Prince George’s County in Maryland. Under the partnership, Abtech’s stormwater engineering subsidiary AEWS Engineering will team with Corvias to provide engineering and design services on specific stormwater infrastructure projects, and they have structured a master framework agreement under which they will pursue similar opportunities nationally, with an initial focus on the Northeast. “We believe the combination of Corvias, AbTech, and AEWS Engineering presents a powerhouse team to execute large-scale stormwater infrastructure projects that are being developed throughout the country,” said Bjornulf White, Abtech’s executive vice president of corporate development. “Considering Corvias’ scope and leadership in public-private partnerships, especially having been selected as the partner for the nation's largest stormwater P3, we are thrilled to join forces and begin expanding our stormwater business lines.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014

MWH to expand Cary/Apex water treatment plant

MWH Global (Broomfield, CO) has received a $45.8 million contract from the municipality of Cary, North Carolina, to upgrade and expand the Cary/Apex Water Treatment Facility. To meet the needs of the area’s growing population, MWH Global will be increasing the plant’s pumping capacity from 40 million gallons per day (mgd) to 56 mgd. The project also encompasses the construction of additional treatment units for sediment removal, filtration, and ozonization, as well as upgrades to the chemical feed systems and the laboratory and administration buildings. Construction is scheduled for completion in May 2016. The Cary/Apex Water Treatment Facility serves the towns of Cary and Apex and is located six miles from Jordan Lake, part of the Cape Fear River basin.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014

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