December 2008, Vol. 20, No.12


David W. Oerke has joined CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) as principal technologist. He has more than 29 years of water, wastewater, and biosolids project planning and facility design experience. He is the primary author of the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) Manual of Practice FD-9 on Wastewater Residuals Stabilization and an active member of the federation’s Residuals and Biosolids National Committee.

Matthew C. Larsen has been named associate director for Water, under the Water Resources Discipline of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Larsen has been the chief scientist for Hydrology at USGS since 2005 and began his USGS career in 1977 with the Branch of Pacific and Arctic Marine Geology in Menlo Park, Calif.

Earth Tech Inc. (Long Beach, Calif.) has been awarded a contract to provide engineering, construction management, program management, and related services for the continued upgrade, modernization, and expansion of the Arlington County (Va.) Water Pollution Control Plant. The project will increase the plant’s capacity from 113,550 m3/d (30 mgd) to 151,400 m3/d (40 mgd) and meet nutrient standards for discharges to Chesapeake Bay. 

AqWise (Herzliya, Israel) opened its new Research and Development Department, which is equipped with the company’s latest research, simulation, testing, and quality assurance systems. The department, located in an active municipal plant, is designed to develop wastewater treatment solutions and conduct continuous real-time monitoring and pilot evaluations of various projects in progress.

HDR (Omaha, Neb.) has named Peter D’Adamo the Water Business Group’s drinking water lead for the East Region. With more than 31 years of experience as an environmental engineer, he has worked the past 2 years in developing a drinking water program for the Carolinas.

GE Water & Process Technologies (Trevose, Pa.) and Septech (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) have announced a 20-year collaboration that will provide industrial, municipal, and infrastructure customers in the United Arab Emirates and Oman with a portfolio of water and wastewater solutions.

MWH (Broomfield, Colo.) has been selected to provide engineering services for the 250-MW Bujagali Hydroelectric Power Project on the Victoria Nile River in Uganda. The project, expected to cost approximately $682 million to build, broke ground in August 2007 and is scheduled to be completed in 2011. The plant is expected to double Uganda’s energy capacity.

Jeanne LeJeune has been appointed by Oregon Gov. Theodore Kulongoski to the Oregon Water Resources Commission. The water and wastewater business development manager for HDR (Omaha, Neb.) in Portland, Ore., she will serve as the state’s West Side representative at large. She has worked on issues of sustainability for cities and municipalities for 35 years in both the public and private sectors.

Retired Col. Curtis L. Thalken has joined Tighe & Bond Inc. (Westfield, Mass.). Thalken recently served as commander of the New England District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and brings more than 25 years of experience in permitting, designing, and managing construction projects to the firm.

Kennedy/Jenks Consultants (San Francisco) has acquired Bates Engineering (Lakewood, Colo.). Bates has expertise in the design of water and transportation sector projects; Kennedy/Jenks provides engineering and environmental science consulting services to the water, transportation, federal, and industrial sectors. Bates staff will move to the Lakewood office of Kennedy/Jenks.

The main manufacturing facility of JWC Environmental (Costa Mesa, Calif.) has achieved ISO certification and been accepted into the Underwriters Laboratories® (Northbrook, Ill.) Directory of Registered Firms. The facility is located in Santa Ana, Calif.

Skelly and Loy Inc. (Harrisburg, Pa.) has been ranked No. 197 of the Top 200 Environmental Firms by Engineering News–Record. Companies were ranked based on gross revenue reported in 2007 for providing environmental services and products to domestic and international markets.

The board of directors of the Denver Metro Wastewater Reclamation District has chosen Catherine R. Gerali as district manager, replacing Robert W. Hite.
NSF International (Ann Arbor, Mich.) has received the Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (Washington, D.C.) for its recent laboratory expansion. In addition, the company announced the promotion of Petie Davis to business unit manager of NSF’s Sustainability Programs.

John Plattsmier, national technical director for pump stations and pipelines at HDR (Omaha, Neb.), will join the U.S. National Research Council’s Committee to Review the Bureau of Reclamation’s Corrosion Prevention Standards for Ductile Iron Pipe.

Bob Peplin has joined Wenck Associates (Maple Plain, Minn.). A registered engineer, he brings 25 years of experience in the analysis and design of water, wastewater, and reuse projects for municipal and industrial treatment facilities to the company.

Dow Water Solutions (Midland, Mich.) has announced that it will build a Water Technology Development Center at its facilities in Tarragona, Spain. Dow is investing $15 million in the center, which is expected to open in late 2009 and employ 25 researchers.

The Northwest Regional Water Reclamation Facility, operated by the Hillsborough County (Fla.) Water Department, has received the Florida Water Environment Association’s 2008 Earle B. Phelps Award in the advanced wastewater treatment plant category. The plant’s deep-bed filtration process is provided by Severn Trent Services (Fort Washington, Pa.).
Black & Veatch (Kansas City, Mo.) has been awarded a contract by Lincoln Water System (Lincoln, Neb.) to replace three of Lincoln’s existing ozone generators with two larger generators. The new generators will use less energy to produce more ozone, using liquid oxygen for disinfection at the East Water Treatment Plant.

The International Water Association (London) has awarded its 2008 Grand Awards to Jim Gill for mastering the implications of climate change in Australia and Mark van Loosdrecht for pioneering new wastewater treatment techniques. The awards are presented annually for outstanding achievements in the water sector.

CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) announced the death of its co-founder Jim Howland. He was general manager of the engineering firm Cornell, Howland, Hayes, and Merryfield (CH2M) almost since its inception in 1946 and became president after the firm incorporated in 1966. Howland served as president through 1974 and then became chairman of the board until 1977. He retired from full-time work in 1982 and served on the Oregon Water Resources Board from 1986 to 1994. He was 92. A Web site dedicated to Howland is accessible at

Dow Water Solutions (Midland, Mich.) has signed an agreement with the OTV subsidiary of Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies (Saint Maurice, France) to supply FILMTEC™ reverse-osmosis membranes contributing to efficient desalination at a new wind-powered desalination facility in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. As part of the contract, Dow will deliver approximately 36,000 FILMTEC membranes to enable the process of converting 250,000 m3/d of seawater into potable water, with the potential for expansion to 500,000 m3/d.

American Water (Voorhees, N.J.) announced that the City of Buffalo (N.Y.) Water Board and the Common Council recently approved a contract amendment with the company to continue managing the city’s water system for the next 2 years.

Malcolm Pirnie Inc. (White Plains, N.Y.), has acquired R. Stuart Royer & Associates (Richmond, Va.), which specializes in water–wastewater planning, design, and construction administration services.

The Riverside, Calif., office of Skanska USA Civil (Whitestone, N.Y.) was awarded a $45 million contract by the Western Municipal Water District (Riverside, Calif.) for expansion of the March Wastewater Reclamation Facility in Perris, Calif.

The newly formed Water Policy Institute (New York) will be chaired by former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and N.J. Gov. Christine Todd Whitman. Kathy Robb, a partner in the Resources, Regulatory and Environmental Law practice at Hunton & Williams LLP (New York), is the founder of the institute and will serve as its director. The members of the institute are water leaders representing water districts, multinational companies, and energy companies who will discuss and review current challenges affecting both global and local water issues, including supply, quality, use, wildlife and agricultural concerns, and climate change.

Woolpert Inc. (Dayton, Ohio) has acquired TEK Science (Orlando, Fla.) and Rockett & Associates (Orlando Park, Fla.).

HOBAS Pipe USA (Houston, Tex.), has promoted Bijan Khamanian to western division manager. Following 7 years of experience in the pipe industry in sales and engineering, Khamanian joined HOBAS in 1997.

CDM (Cambridge, Mass.) has announced the establishment of a global Technical Centre for Integrated Water Management and Urban Planning in Singapore. The new center will promote the application of advanced planning and simulation models, decision software, and geospatial information systems for improved understanding and management of sustainable urban environments. Paul R. Brown will serve as the center’s founding technical director.

Pennsylvania American Water (Hershey, Pa.) has announced an agreement with GTECH Strategies to provide residual material from its Pittsburgh-based water treatment facility for the local nonprofit organization to grow biofuel crops. GTECH will mix the material sediment collected after treating water from the Monongahela River with organic material to build soil to grow switchgrass, sunflowers, and canola used to produce ethanol or biodiesel.