September 2007, Vol. 19, No.9

Business

 Ariba Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.), a spend management solutions provider, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Severn Trent Water (Birmingham, England). Severn Trent has launched an aggressive spend management program and selected Ariba’s on-demand solutions to power it. Severn Trent is currently leveraging Ariba® Sourcing™ On-Demand Basic to drive savings and process efficiencies that enhance its operations and the value it delivers to its customers.

Meurer & Associates (Lakewood, Colo.) and Kennedy/Jenks Consultants (San Francisco) announced the joining of the two consulting engineering practices in June. Meurer & Associates has provided water, wastewater, and recycled water consulting services to municipalities, utility districts, and private clients in metropolitan Denver and throughout Colorado since 1978. Kennedy/Jenks Consultants has 23 offices throughout the western United States, providing engineering and environmental science consulting services to the water environment, transportation, and industrial manufacturing sectors. Current Kennedy/Jenks staff in Colorado will move into the Lakewood office, where Meurer will manage the combined Colorado staff. The merger brings total Kennedy/Jenks Consultants staff to approximately 560.

The water reclamation project Water Conserv II was awarded the Florida Water Environment Association’s David W. York Award for excellence in beneficial use of reclaimed water. Engineering, science, and operations company Woodard & Curran (Portland, Maine) has performed contract operations and maintenance of the facility that combines agriculture irrigation and rapid infiltration basins since 1996. Located in Winter Garden, Fla., Water Conserv II is jointly owned by the City of Orlando and Orange County. The facility previously won the award in 1994 and 2001.

Water services provider American Water (Voorhees, N.J.) has named Kathy Pape as state president of Pennsylvania American Water (Wilkes–Barre). Pape will be the principal external contact for American Water in Pennsylvania and will dedicate significant time and energy to building and maintaining relationships with state and local officials, regulators, and customers.

Shirin Mandegari and Laura L. Perisse have joined the Industrial Services Group of consulting, construction, operations, and engineering firm CDM (Cambridge, Mass.). Mandegari is a management consultant specialist based in the firm’s Irvine, Calif., office and will be responsible for the senior project management of CDM’s private sector contracts. Perisse is a client service manager based in the firm’s Wayne, Pa., office and will be responsible for leading CDM’s services to industrial clients in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

Engineering and environmental consulting firm Dudek (Encinitas, Calif.) has been recognized with a prestigious 2007 Focused Issue Award from the American Planning Association’s San Diego Chapter. Presented for the City of Carlsbad, Calif., desalination plant environmental impact report, the award honors Dudek’s detailed analysis in addressing the project’s potential impacts. The City of Carlsbad approved a proposal to construct a seawater desalination plant to reduce dependence on imported water supplies. The plant, to be built on approximately 1.6 ha (4 ac) adjacent to the existing Encina Power Station, will produce approximately 189,250 m3/d (50 mgd) of potable water — enough to meet the needs of nearly 225,000 people.

CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.), an engineering, construction, and operations firm, has named Scott Haskins vice president and principal management consultant for the firm’s Water Business Group. In his new role, Haskins will be responsible for expanding CH2M Hill’s market share in the delivery of management and operations services throughout North America and international locations.

Jim Pembroke has been named recipient of the George Warren Fuller Award by the Arizona Water and Pollution Control Association, the Arizona state section of the American Water Works Association (Denver). Pembroke is a vice president and water–wastewater marketing manager in the Phoenix office of architectural, engineering, and consulting firm HDR (Omaha, Neb.). The award is the highest such honor given at the state level, presented annually to individuals who have provided distinguished service to the water industry and contributed to the advancement of water works practice. The Fuller Award commemorates the sound engineering skill, brilliant diplomatic talent, and construction leadership of its namesake, who was instrumental in codifying and standardizing water works practice in 1920.

The city of Phoenix selected planning, design, and construction management firm
Carollo Engineers (Phoenix) to test and evaluate desalination and concentrate management technologies for its future 151,400-m3/d (40-mgd) Western Canal Water Treatment Plant. The plant will be the largest inland desalination facility in the country, receiving brackish water from both groundwater and surface water sources.

Peter J. Mason recently joined engineering firm MWH (Broomfield, Colo.) as technical director for international dam and hydropower projects. In this role, he will provide senior-level technical reviews, management for large programs, and strategic oversight for MWH’s dam and hydropower projects worldwide. Mason has worked at all project stages, from conceptual to detailed design for dams, hydropower stations, canals, tunnels, and associated works. He has provided specialized technical and high-level project advice to contractors, owners, funding agencies, and prospective purchasers.

WorldWater and Solar Technologies Corp. (Pennington, N.J.), a developer and marketer of proprietary high-power solar systems, recently announced that Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Quentin T. Kelly and ENTECH Inc. (Keller, Texas) Vice President of Corporate Business Robert R. Walters signed a final letter of intent defining the terms for the acquisition of ENTECH, a developer and manufacturer of advanced solar concentrating technology. As part of the agreement, WorldWater will pay ENTECH shareholders $6.3 million in cash in addition to $12 million in WorldWater common stock. The deal also includes earn-out provisions for ENTECH’s stockholders and management if certain performance benchmarks are met.

Earth Tool Co. LLC (Oconomowoc, Wis.), a manufacturer of trenchless systems, announced the promotion of Payce Reynolds to chief executive officer, and new hires Jarrett Cowden and Brian Metcalf. Reynolds formerly headed up the horizontal directional drilling division. Cowden joins Earth Tool as senior vice president of sales and marketing, and Metcalf will be vice president of international sales and business development. Both Cowden and Metcalf worked for Vermeer Manufacturing Co. (Pella, Iowa) in past years.

Engineering, consulting, and construction company Black & Veatch (Kansas City, Mo.), was selected to provide specialty consultancy services on a drainage master plan for the urban center of Guangzhou City in Guangdong Province, China. Black & Veatch will work closely with the Guangzhou Urban Planning Design and Survey Research Institute and the Guangzhou Municipal and Landscape Bureau on the study. The project team will review the performance of the existing drainage system and devise a plan that will focus on short- and long-term improvement measures for Guangzhou City, which includes the city center. Options for rainwater harvesting as part of a wider water resources management strategy also will be evaluated.

Environmental science and engineering company LimnoTech (Ann Arbor, Mich.) recently partnered with Casey Trees (Washington, D.C.) on an award-winning research
project, “The Green Build-Out Model: Quantifying Stormwater Benefits of Trees
and Green Roofs in Washington, D.C.” The project received a 2007 Honor Award in Research from the American Society of Landscape Architects (Washington, D.C.). The model integrates geographic information system and hydrologic processes with ideas about green infrastructure. Model applications linked to planning scenarios quantify the ability of tree cover and green roofs to reduce stormwater runoff and combined sewage and stormwater discharges to local waterbodies. Findings showed reductions in stormwater discharge volume of as much as 10% across the city, with as much as a 22% reduction in combined sewer overflow volumes.

Jim Baird has been named Mid-Atlantic states director of the American Farmland Trust (AFT; Washington, D.C.), a nonprofit organization working with communities and individuals for farmland protection. Baird will focus on state-level policy and funding support for farmland protection funding. He also will be looking ahead at new horizons for farming in the Mid-Atlantic.

Technology developer SulphCo® Inc. (Sparks, Nev.) recently appointed Stanley W. Farmer to the position of vice president and chief financial officer. As CFO, he will oversee all financial activities, actively participate in the execution of the company’s business plan, and expand the scope of shareholder communication. Farmer is a certified public accountant with more than 16 years of professional financial management experience.

I. Kruger Inc. (Cary, N.C.), which provides water and wastewater processes and systems, and membrane system manufacturer Toray Membrane USA Inc. (Del Mar, Calif.) recently signed an exclusive distribution agreement for the Flat Sheet MBR Membrane Module in the United States. The agreement provides Kruger with the rights to Toray Flat Sheet Membranes for all domestic (or municipal) applications. Kruger utilizes the Toray Flat Sheet Modules in its NEOSEP™ process, which consists of an activated sludge process with membranes immersed in the sludge.

Consulting, engineering, and planning firm Daylor Consulting Group Inc. (Braintree, Mass.) promoted Richard J. Albano to the position of senior scientist. Albano is a wetland scientist and ecologist with more than 20 years of experience in ecology, wetland science, and environmental consulting. His responsibilities include wetland and natural resource delineation and assessment, expert testimony, wetland functional evaluations, plant and animal community surveys and monitoring, wildlife habitat evaluations, rare and endangered species surveys, mitigation design, and wetland regulatory strategy.