February 2007, Vol. 19, No.2




ADS Environmental Services (Huntsville, Ala.) was awarded the Innovative Technology Award from the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) at WEFTEC®.06 in Dallas in October. ADS was recognized for its IntelliServe system, which combines several existing technologies into one. The system automates integration flow data and rain data to differentiate between dry weather and wet weather combined sewer overflows. It also eliminates the labor-intensive and dangerous physical inspections of the overflow facilities, decreasing the cost to operators. 

The Milwaukee (Wis.) Northwest Side Relief Sewer project was presented with a Project of the Year Award by the American Public Works Association (Kansas City, Mo.). The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District formulated a proposal to accommodate growth, protect water quality, and safeguard public health within its 1100-km2 (420 mi2) service area. The project was the result of area sewer overflows and basement backups during wet weather caused by aging and undersized infrastructure. Engineering, consulting, and construction company Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.) was the primary consultant and design engineer for the project.

Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.) provided design and construction support services for an environmentally friendly stormwater quality management facility constructed deep beneath Mar Vista Park near western Los Angeles. The facility, owned and operated by the City of Santa Monica, was celebrated in November for the exceptional cooperation between two California cities to cost-effectively alleviate pollution caused by urban runoff in parts of both Los Angeles and Santa Monica. The new facility treats 100% of the dry weather flow (57 to 85 L/s [2 to 3 ft3/s]) by direct filtration, screening, and sedimentation. It also removes a variety of pollutants, including floating trash, pesticides, heavy metals, and oil and grease, and treats up to 1020 L/s (36 ft3/s) of wet weather flow.

Renewable energy company EnerTech Environmental (Atlanta) signed a 20-year contract with the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LACSD) to convert biosolids into renewable energy using EnerTech’s patented SlurryCarbTM process. LACSD provides wastewater and solid waste management for more than half of the population of Los Angeles County. The SlurryCarb process involves carbonization of biosolids to form E-Fuel, a renewable fuel which can be used in place of coal.

Don Clabaugh joined the Industrial Services Group at consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm CDM (Cambridge, Mass.) as a principal engineer and client service manager. Clabaugh will support transportation, manufacturing, and energy clients to increase environmental accountability through remediation and risk management. He has more than 22 years of experience conducting environmental site investigations, risk assessments, remediation design and cleanup, and regulatory compliance.

Frost & Sullivan (San Antonio), a market research and consulting firm, selected ECOfluid Systems Inc. (Vancouver, British Columbia) as the recipient of the 2006 Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Leadership in recognition of its USBF™ advanced biological wastewater treatment technology. The single-sludge denitrification process incorporates all the processes required for biological treatment in a single reactor and circulation loop, using very little energy and no chemicals.

Sean M. Parks was named operations manager of the new Orlando, Fla., office of Environmental Services Inc. (Jacksonville, Fla.), an environmental consulting firm. Parks has more than 11 years of experience related to ecology, planning, and landscape architecture. His areas of expertise include water resources, environmental planning and permitting, watershed management, wetland delineation and restoration, and land management operations.

In Memoriam
Jeanne Claire Decker, 79, died Nov. 7 at the Eastern Star Home in Bridgewater, N.J.

Born in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, on Sept. 6, 1927, Decker was the daughter of the late Alonzo and Grace MacLennan Murray. She was predeceased by her son, Peter Glen, and by her brother, Albert Murray, who died in World War II. She leaves behind her daughter, K. Lynne Moore; her husband, Gordon Decker of Pennsylvania; a sister, Kathryn Ayer of Basking Ridge, N.J.; and a stepdaughter, Linda Seifert of California.

Decker had a 29-year career at the Somerset Raritan Valley Sewerage Authority (Bridgewater, N.J.) and was appointed executive director after 13 years of service, making her the first woman to hold that position at the utility. She was a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF®; Alexandria, Va.) and the former state president of the Association of Environmental Authorities (AEA; Mercerville, N.J).

Decker received WEF’s Arthur Sidney Bell Award for her education efforts and water pollution control through outstanding service. She also received the New Jersey Water Environment Association’s Harry P. Croft Award for her distinguished service to the association and to New Jersey in the field of water pollution control. Decker also was the recipient of AEA’s Management Achievement Award.