Top Stories - November 17, 2016


LSC Intermediate Cover Gains Florida State Approval

Posi-Shell® Intermediate Cover, a versatile, economical, and highly effective cover system for landfills, has been approved by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as a direct replacement for intermediate cover soils on Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and interior slopes. The spray coating of Posi-Shell® Intermediate Cover in Hernando County’s Northwest Solid Waste Management Facility is projected to save the Facility about $400,000 in soil costs, add two years of life of its landfill, reduce erosion and leachate generation, and lower the cost of fuel, maintenance and manpower by about $75,000 a year.

“We’re excited about the positive financial and environmental impacts the application of Posi-Shell® will have on the facility, county, and surrounding area,” said Joe Donze, CEO of LSC Environmental Products LLC, the manufacturer of Posi-Shell® and other premier spray-applied environmental coatings. “Now, instead of the time, painstaking manpower, and considerable expense required to add 12 to 18 inches of precious—and limited—soil on top of the landfill trash for intermediate cover, a quick and easy application of Posi-Shell will provide durable protection that aligns very well with Florida’s goal of resource conservation. Plus, a third party independent engineering firm projected it will ultimately save them about $10 million in operational and airspace savings.”

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Cardno Takes Home Three Best in Basin Awards

Professional infrastructure and environmental services firm Cardno has been recognized with three 2015 Best in Basin Awards by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA). The company’s
project teams received the awards at the TRPA’s Governing Board Meeting in Kings Beach, CA, on Sept. 28.

“The Best in Basin Awards really validate some of the work our teams are doing on projects in the basin,” said Stephen Peck, Cardno’s
senior consulting engineer. “I’m very proud of the work and guidance we’re providing that are making a difference in this region.”

The annual Best in Basin Awards program recognizes the best designed, planned, and implemented projects in the Tahoe Basin that
also stand out as environmentally compatible. Cardno has been honored with ten Best in Basin Awards over the last 14 years.

The three Best in Basin awards include:

  • Incline Creek Restoration, SR 28 Culvert Outfall
  • Middle Rosewood Creek Area A SEZ Restoration Project
  • Lower Chipmunk and Outfall Water Quality Improvement

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Fecon Announces Five Star Equipment as Dealer

Fecon is proud to introduce Five Star Equipment as the newest dealer for Fecon equipment. Five Star will sell the complete line of Fecon FTX Tracked Carriers, Rubber Tire Tractors, Bull Hog Forestry Mulchers and Forestry Attachments.

Five Star Equipment, Inc. was founded in 1980 with a commitment to exemplary service and quality. Five Star employs more than 150 people in its eight locations, and sells various brands into the local construction and forestry industries.

“We are excited about Five Star Equipment, Inc. coming on board with FECON as a Full Service Stocking Dealer. This partnership makes equipment inventory readily available to FECON customers in Pennsylvania, and western New York. Working together, FECON and Five Star Equipment will be able to provide better service support to our customers in this area as well.” Joe Cox, Regional Manager.

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IECA Announces New Chapter in Canada

The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) announced the establishment of a new chapter in Canada. The Canadian Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association is Canada’s essential educational and networking resource for stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, and stream protection and restoration.

In addition to educational programs, workshops, and events, the chapter will advocate on behalf of the Canadian erosion and sediment control, and stormwater industries.

The Canadian Chapter of IECA is led by:

  • Glenn MacMillan, president
  • Harry Reinders vice president
  • Mark Myrowich, treasurer
  • Ron D. Bisaillon Jr., secretary
  • Trent R. Hatfield, provincial representative
  • Timothy M. Egler-Wiome, provincial representative
  • Robert G. Wills, provincial representative
  • Giles Rivard, provincial representative
  • Jamie P. McCamon, provincial representative

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Leadership Changes at Ellicott Dredge Enterprises

The Board of Directors of Ellicott Dredge Enterprises (EDE) of Baltimore, MD is pleased to announce two promotions:

Heiko U. Osterchrist is now President of EDE. Most recently he had been Managing Director of Rohr International Holdings and Rohr/Idreco operations in the U.S.A., Germany, France and Holland. Osterchrist has over 35 years of experience in international sales and business development. Craig A. Murdock has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of EDE. Murdock has over 30 years of experience in quality and operations.

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U.S. EPA Awards Over $4 million for Projects at San Francisco Bay

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $4.2 million in federal grants to local, regional, and national entities for projects to restore wetlands, improve water quality and “green” the urban landscape in and around San Francisco Bay.

San Francisco Bay is a designated "estuary of national significance" under the Clean Water Act. The bay and its tributary streams, situated in an urban area with more than seven million people, provide crucial fish and wildlife habitat at the heart of the larger Bay-Delta Estuary. The bay’s users and nearby residents are all affected by threats to its ecological health, including legacy pollutants like mercury and PCBs, polluted stormwater, and the challenges of drought and climate change.

EPA awarded its 2016 San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund grants for the following projects:

The San Francisco Estuary Partnership received $1,667,683 for watershed redesign, tidal wetlands restoration and urban greening efforts.

Ducks Unlimited received $1,677,683 for wetlands restoration in Mountain View, as part of the larger South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project.

The City of San Pablo received $864,634 to address water quality issues through green infrastructure and community education.

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