Top Stories - September 21, 2016


Ellicott Dredge Enterprises Launches New Restoration Website

Ellicott Dredge Enterprises is excited to announce the launch of a new website dedicated to marsh, wetland, lake and beach restoration.

You'll be able to find current news, case studies, videos, and the perfect equipment for your restoration project. Additionally, we welcome submissions of your own project experiences and accompanying photos.

We also have experienced personnel available to further assist you in identifying the most efficient, cost-effective dredge for your operation.

Visit the site at and please contact with any comments or questions you may have.





Homebrewers Competing to Turn Tampa’s Wastewater into Great Tasting Beer

Turning yuck to yum.

In July, the WateReuse Association, a national trade association representing the interests of water utilities, issued a challenge to Florida homebrewers – turn recycled water into the best beer on the planet. More than 100 homebrewers from the Tampa area accepted the challenge. On Saturday, September 10, two dozen certified beer tasters determined whose homebrew rose to the challenge - making the best tasting beer from recycled water.

Water reuse is the process of purifying wastewater to safely use it for another purpose, including drinking. The water used in the contest was wastewater from homes and small businesses in the Tampa area. Multiple advanced technologies were used to purify the water to make it safe for drinking. The recycled water was tested to ensure it met stringent water quality standards for drinking. In fact, the water is cleaner than most bottled water.

Three water industry giants – TetraTech, Xylem and GE – partnered with WateReuse to produce the purified water using a multi-step treatment process, which includes stringent filtration and disinfection methods. Special Hoperations, a local homebrew club, organized the contest and recruited the homebrewers.

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Pipeline Replacement Named APWA Project Of The Year For 2016

The American Public Works Association (APWA) has named the South Essex Sewerage District's Marblehead Pipeline Replacement Project as one of its Public Works Projects of the Year for 2016. The award was presented on August 29 during the APWA’s Public Works Expo in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The APWA Public Works Project of the Year Award was established to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/engineer, and the contractor.

The project, which was recognized in the category of environmental projects of $5 million to $25 million, was designed by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff on behalf of the District. The contractor was Caldwell Marine International.

The project was initiated by the District after a leak was discovered in a section of one of the twin underwater pipelines which carried all sewage from the Town of Marblehead some 6,000 feet across Salem Harbor to the District’s wastewater treatment facility in Salem. In cooperation with federal, state and local agencies, the District immediately implemented a response plan.

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Comstock Seed Joins the S & S Seeds Group of Companies

The S & S Seeds Group of Companies announced that is has acquired the assets of Comstock Seed Company and the services of their professional staff Ed Kleiner and Stacey Sigafus. Comstock Seed is a leading seed collector and supplier to Federal, State and Local projects in NV and CA, as well as, having close ties in the private sector. Comstock will continue to provide such service throughout the State of Nevada and the Eastern Slope of the Sierra’s in California. Comstock provides unique, site specific and local collections and will compliment nicely the efforts of their sister companies: S & S Seeds, Pacific Coast Seed, Hedgerow Farms, Environmental Seed Producers and Kamprath Seed.

Victor Schaff, President of S & S Seeds commented “We are very pleased to be partners with Comstock Seed as this acquisition will allow us to take full advantage of the their expertise to further expand our sales and marketing efforts in California and Nevada”. In addition to an outstanding selection of local seed species, Comstock will now offer a full line of hydraulically applied erosion control materials, slow release fertilizers and soil mycorrhizae inoculants. “They will be your one-stop-shop for seed and erosion control materials in Nevada and the Eastern California Slope” stated Doug Graham, Assistant General Manager and Product Sales Manager for S & S Seeds. Please give Ed or Stacey a call at 775-265-0090.

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Subsurface Utility Engineering Expert Joins Cardno

Cardno, Inc., is pleased to announce that Leonard Strickland, PLS, has joined the firm as a Business Unit Manager in the company’s Northern Region. He will manage and oversee the company’s day-to-day subsurface utility engineering (SUE) and survey operations in more than 20 states.

Mr. Strickland brings more than 25 years of broad professional experience in land surveying, civil engineering, quality assurance, and construction management, including the last eight years at a major US competitor where he served as survey, quality assurance, and SUE manager.

“Leonard is an expert on SUE and surveying, and his talents and relationships will serve Cardno and our clients really well in a large part of our Americas region. He’s a welcome addition to our firm,” said Craig Snyder, Cardno’s Government & Infrastructure Director of Operations.

He is a registered professional land surveyor in New Jersey.

Mr. Strickland is based in Burlington, New Jersey.

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Minnesota Erosion Control Association 2017 Awards

Each year MECA recognizes outstanding individuals and projects. Awards will be presented at the MECA 2017 Conference February 2nd, 2017. If you know of a person or a project that deserves recognition, we welcome you to submit this nomination form to the MECA office. The MECA Board of Directors will review nominations and determine which submissions are will receive awards.

Categories include:

  • Innovation Award

    Awarded to an individual, company, government agency or organization that developed new products/ideas that advanced the field of erosion & sediment control/stormwater management.

  • Industry Leadership

    Awarded to an individual, company, government agency or organization that has demonstrated leadership in the erosion and sediment control, or stormwater management field.

  • Environmental Excellence

    Awarded to an individual, company, government agency or organization for a project that is deemed excellent based on many factors including, but not limited to; innovation, partnership, water quality and quantity protection, and project success.

  • Environmental Leadership

    Awarded to an individual, company, government agency or organization who has shown leadership in advancing effective erosion and sediment control and stormwater management or other water resource related fields that have advanced water resource quality in Minnesota.

  • MECA Recognition Award

    Awarded to an individual who has been actively involved with MECA and contributed significant time and effort to MECA’s work.

Nominations are Due by November 15, 2016 ~ Go to to download the forms!

Call for Nominations for the MECA Board of Directors

It is time to nominate MECA members for the MECA Board of Directors!

MECA Board of Directors has three positions up for election. They are all for a 3 year term from January 2017 to January 2020. Nominations will be accepted until December 1, 2016. Elections will take place before the conference in January (via email) and at the 2017 MECA Conference.

Please submit MECA Board nominations to the MECA office at

Nominations should include:

  • the person’s name
  • company or organization, phone number
  • email and address
  • picture & bio.

MECA Memorial Scholarship Applications Due

Qualifications: To be eligible for the MECA Scholarship, one must be a student with intent to complete an engineering or science degree. They should also demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career involving stormwater management or erosion and sediment control. They must have a grade point average of 2.5 and be a Minnesota resident. The college they attend does not have to be located within the state of Minnesota. Both new college students and those currently enrolled are encouraged to apply.

Instructions: Fill out the Scholarship Application form (go to to download the form). Submit an essay. Student needs to write an essay stating why they feel they deserve to receive the MECA Scholarship. Please indicate objectives, and information about educational, career, and personal goals. Demonstrate talent by writing about any special interests or special circumstances that the selection committee may consider. Include information on evidence of leadership and community service. Essay format: One page, 11 point font size with 1” margins. Use name and essay name as the title.

Return the application and essay by mail or email (digital copy is preferred) by DECEMBER 15, 2016 to: Minnesota Erosion Control Association, 600 4th Street North, Cold Spring, MN 56320, Email:

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