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Top Stories - May 6, 2014


Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

We here at Land and Water are in absolute awe of the generosity of our friends from the Great Lakes and Great Rivers Chapters of IECA. On April 30th, during the Harold Bade Bowling Bash at Great Connections, we were surprised with a $2,000 donation to go towards the research and awareness of ALS -- given in honor of Harold Bade. (Harold, former owner of ASP Enterprises and a champion in the industry, passed away in late 2013).

Land and Water is a family business so the unexpected donation is personal to each of us. Justin Rasch was diagnosed with ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease last January, so the money will go towards team JustinTime. Justin is son to Kenneth (L&W founder), brother to Amy (publisher) and Martha (circulation) and uncle to Shanna (sales) and Emily (assistant editor). Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude for the financial gift as well as the prayers!

From the L&W staff and the entire Rasch family, a huge thank you and God bless to all of our dear IECA friends! You guys rock!

To read Justin's story, click here.

To donate to this immensely important cause or to join us in the walk, click here.



Three Seattle Firms Agree to Settle Violations with EPA

As part of ongoing federal and state efforts to restore Puget Sound, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing enforcement actions against three Seattle-area companies for discharging industrial stormwater to Puget Sound waterways in violation of the Clean Water Act. In addition to the companies committing to manage stormwater more diligently at their facilities in the future, they agreed to pay a combined total of $163,500 in penalties.

EPA, in partnership with the Washington Department of Ecology, is helping ensure compliance and enforce clean water rules at permitted and unpermitted industrial stormwater sources to reduce Puget Sound pollutants.

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Mid-Atlantic Stormwater Infrastructure Roadshow Held On June 19

The Mid-Atlantic Stormwater Infrastructure Roadshow will be held in Philadelphia, PA on June 19. Early-bird prices save you $25 - register today! Presentations include: PA DEP Stormwater Management Program Overview, USEPA Region 3 Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Communities, USEPA Headquarters Review of the USEPA Stormwater Calculator, MS-4 Program and Future Incentives Program, Thinking Outside the Big Box - From Detention Basin to Department Store and more.

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HaloKlear’s Frank Kneib Wins IECA Environmental Achievement Award

Frank Kneib, Technical Sales Director for HaloKlear water treatment products, recently received the IECA’s premier 2013 Environmental Achievement Award which recognizes an outstanding erosion and sediment control project, program or system that demonstrates excellence in natural resource conservation and environmental protection by a particular individual.

The project, which began in 2011 and involved the construction of tunneling systems for the controlled use of diverted river water in the generation of hydroelectric power, lead to large‐scale disturbance of underground rock and soil and the production of huge volumes of turbid waste water streams. Kneib successfully implemented an innovative and environmentally‐friendly approach to the removal of these suspended solids prior to the discharge of safe, clear water to the surface waters in a remote tropical rain forest in central Costa Rica. The environmental benefits accruing from the project intervention have been quantifiable and concrete. There has been a sound basis by this project and its effecter, Kneib, for future expansion of the use of eco‐friendly water treatment technologies in a wider variety of circumstances than the special, but exceptionally emotive, ones illustrated by this tropical rain forest construction site.

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Stormwater Maintenance And Consulting Hires Shannon Lucas As Design Manager

Stormwater Maintenance and Consulting (SMC) has hired Shannon Lucas, PE, as its DesignManager. SMC is an organization specializing in the design, inspection, maintenance, and construction of stormwater infrastructure.

In this new role, Lucas will be responsible for technical managerial control of design, inspection, and consulting. Shannon will be collaborating on marketing efforts, particularly in marketing SMC’s stream restoration capabilities.

“We are excited to be expanding our team,” said Jennifer Rauhofer, PE, president of Stormwater Maintenance and Consulting. “As a civil engineer with a more than a decade of experience in water resource engineering, urban stream and watershed restoration, and stormwater design and construction supervision, Shannon will be another senior-level engineer more than capable of handling some of the most sophisticated projects using the most advanced technology available today.”

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