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Top Stories - February 12, 2016


Don’t Miss IECA's Annual Photo Contest Gallery at Environmental Connection

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Final voting of the top six will take place in the Expo Hall at Environmental Connection 2016 in San Antonio. This year, cash prizes will be given to the first, second and third place winners for overall votes. We hope you have time to browse the gallery and cast your votes!









GEOPAVE® Porous Pavements Offer Stormwater Contributions at Eco-Friendly Nature Preserve

Presto Geosystems’ GEOPAVE® porous pavements were utilized along with other environmental and sustainable products in a popular Wisconsin nature preserve, The Ridges Sanctuary, in their pursuit for a LEED® Platinum rating. With certification expected by year-end, this facility will be the first LEED® certified commercial building in Wisconsin’s Door County. In addition to the GEOPAVE aggregate system delivering highly porous parking and walkways around the facility, other green design features incorporated include high performance and low-energy materials such as insulation, lighting, heating and cooling, water use, and a multitude of recycled materials.

Design choices that encourage land preservation and conservation were of utmost importance to the 7,400 sf center and serve as an exemplary example to the community, both homeowners and businesses, of how sustainable and low-environmental impact materials can be included in buildings.

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SOLitude Lake Management Expands to Nashville, TN and Grows in Charleston, SC

SOLitude Lake Management, an industry leader in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the United States, has expanded their presence in the south with the opening of a new office in Nashville, Tennessee and the addition of new talent in Charleston, South Carolina.

SOLitude is pleased to open a new office in Nashville to help better support clients in Tennessee and the surrounding states. The experienced SOLitude team in Nashville includes Brent Weber, Environmental Scientist, and Parker Hurst, Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist.

Also, to meet the needs of a growing client base throughout South Carolina and Georgia, Steve Wilson, Aquatic and Fisheries Biologist, was relocated from SOLitude’s New York office in Oneonta, to manage the Charleston, SC office and service new and existing clientele throughout the region. Steve leads projects focusing on water quality restoration and invasive species control.

Steve Wilson, Aquatic and Fisheries Biologist Parker Hurst, Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist Brent Weber, Environmental Scientist

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Agreement Reached with Salt Lake County to Reduce Polluted Runoff and Protect Water Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice, and the State of Utah have reached an agreement with Salt Lake County to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations associated with the county’s stormwater management program. This agreement, lodged as a consent decree in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, requires the county to take specific measures to reduce illegal stormwater and non-stormwater discharges to Jordan River Valley surface waters by thoroughly implementing the requirements of its municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit. The county will also pay a civil penalty of $280,000.

Under the terms of the agreement, Salt Lake County will secure adequate resources to fully maintain and implement its stormwater program, including training and maintaining full-time staff. The county will also take measures to remedy several identified deficiencies, including procedures to review construction site stormwater control plans, inspect sites with active construction or industrial activity and enforce sediment and erosion control requirements. In addition, the county will ensure structural controls are properly installed and maintained and will improve efforts to identify and eliminate illegal discharges to stormwater infrastructure.

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