Aquila Inc. (Kansas City, Mo.), which operates electric and natural gas distribution utilities, selected Patrick J. Lynch as chairman of its audit committee. Lynch has served on the company’s board of directors since 2004, and retired in 2001 as a senior vice president and chief financial officer of Texaco Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron (San Ramon, Calif.).
Poseidon Resources Corp.
(Stamford, Conn.), which develops and finances water infrastructure projects, has received approval from the Valley Center (Calif.) Municipal Water District regarding a water purchase agreement. Poseidon will provide Valley Center with 25,360 m3/d (6.7 mgd) of water from a new Carlsbad desalination plant. Poseidon is building the $270 million, 189,000-m3/d (50-mgd) desalination plant at the site of the Encina Power Station (Carlsbad, Calif.), scheduled for completion in 2008.
(Springfield, Ohio), a manufacturer and marketer of products for the water and wastewater industry, appointed Joyce Nam as operations manager of Robbins & Myers Pte. Ltd. (Singapore). Moyno Inc. is a unit of Robbins & Myers Inc. (Dayton, Ohio). In her new position, Nam will be responsible for the overall management of operations throughout the Asia–Pacific region. Working at Moyno’s Singapore facility, Nam is also responsible for developing new market opportunities, as well as identifying and securing distributors in the region.
John Lucey has joined architectural, engineering, and consulting firm HDR Inc. (Omaha, Neb.) as national director of industrial water and wastewater, based in the company’s Pittsburgh office. His responsibilities include strategic planning and overall development of HDR’s industrial water and wastewater business, as well as developing municipal water and wastewater design–build projects in the eastern United States.
Environmental consulting and engineering firm Cardinal Resources Inc. (Monroeville, Pa.), was awarded a $13,000 contract by the Borough of Leetsdale, Pa., to provide site characterization services for the borough’s Brigden site. The project will consist of drilling soil borings and the installation of groundwater monitoring wells in the area of a former tank pit, and in conveyance and dispenser island areas.
Thompson Pump & Manufacturing Co. Inc.
(Port Orange, Fla.), announced three management promotions. Doug French was promoted to vice president of business development and asset management, Chris Thompson was named vice president of branch operations, and Del Ritz was promoted to Florida region manager. The company manufactures portable pumps for use in water, wastewater, and various other applications.
Engineering, construction, and operations firm CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) has named Sam Irrinki area manager in the firm’s El Paso, Texas, office. Irrinki joined the company in 2000 as project manager and client service manager in the Southeast Water Business Group, based in Dallas. In addition to his new role as El Paso’s manager, he will continue to serve as a client service manager for the Water Business Group.
In February, Hach Co. (Loveland, Colo.), specializing in flow measurement technology and water monitoring products, acquired Marsh–McBirney (Frederick, Md.), which has manufactured flow-measuring products for more than 34 years. Hach will add Marsh–McBirney’s flowmeter product line to its own.
(Englewood, N.J.), a manufacturer of manual strainers and automatic self-cleaning screen filters for industrial, municipal, and irrigation applications, hired Marcus N. Allhands as vice president of business development to expand markets for the company.
International engineering and project management company AMEC (Portland, Ore.) won an Engineering Excellence Honor Award for the cleanup of a tar-waste site on the north shore of Young’s Bay in Astoria, Ore. The award was presented by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon (Portland). The tar was discharged from a manufactured-gas plant that operated from 1921 to 1950, creating a tar body that extended 91 m (300 ft) offshore. The project included excavation and disposal of a portion of the tar body from the nearshore tidal flat area, design and placement of a cap over tar-impacted sediments, and design and placement of a shoreline stabilization system on the upland slope that covered visible tar material and provided protection from erosion.