August 2006, Vol. 18, No.8



B&V Water, the water business of Black & Veatch (Kansas City, Mo.), recently promoted Cindy Wallis–Lage to chief of process technology. In her new role, she will lead B&V Water’s global process technology practice and development. B&V Water also promoted Terry Johnson to chief of global practices. In this role, Johnson will provide clients with instant access to the company’s expertise in the water and wastewater treatment areas for general consultations, problem diagnostics, and solution formulation. Constance Ward was named director of global communications and will be responsible for supporting B&V Water initiatives, projects, and teams by developing communications strategies and tactics to reach internal and external audiences worldwide.

Paul A. Dombrowski, a senior project manager at engineering firm Tighe & Bond (Westfield, Mass.), was presented with the Alfred E. Peloquin Award at the New England Water Environment Association’s Annual Awards Luncheon in Boston this spring. The award is given to an individual who has shown a high level of interest and performance in wastewater operations, and who has made significant contributions to the field.

Darren E. Forgy, a civil engineer and land surveyor with consulting firm Hanson Professional Services Inc. (Springfield, Ill.), was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Capital Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers. Criteria for this annual award include education and collegiate achievements, professional and technical society activities, civic and human activities, continuing competence, and engineering achievements.

The City of Middletown, Ohio, recently awarded Johnson Controls Inc. (Milwaukee) an $8 million contract that will allow the city to bill water users more accurately, thereby increasing billable usage.

Severn Trent Services (Fort Washington, Pa.), a supplier of water and wastewater treatment solutions, has appointed Gary Mechler vice president for health, safety, and environment. Mechler will be responsible for planning and directing all aspects of the company’s health, safety, and environmental programs and activities worldwide.

Pio Lombardo, president of environmental engineering firm Lombardo Associates Inc. (Newtown, Mass.), and William Robertson of the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario) have joined to form Nutrient Removal Technologies Inc. The company was formed to commercialize on an exclusive basis the patented Nitrex™ passive nitrogen removal system and PhosRID™ passive phosphorus removal system in the United States.

Onset Computer Corp. (Bourne, Mass.), a supplier of battery-powered data loggers and weather stations, appointed Jack Sample as president. Sample brings more than 28 years of sales, marketing, and operations management experience to Onset, having most recently served as the company’s director of sales and marketing.

Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures (Belding, Mich.), a manufacturer of fiberglass enclosure products, hired John Hoelz as a market development manager. He will manage Stahlin’s efforts to develop and build new business in the central United States.

The general contracting firm McCarthy (St. Louis, Mo.) recently was awarded a $120 million contract to reconstruct the Deer Valley Water Treatment Plant East Treatment Basins (Phoenix). The city is replacing the current 284,000-m3/d (75-mgd) plant with a new 380,000-m3/d (100-mgd) facility.

The Salt Creek Urban Runoff Treatment Facility (Dana Point, Calif.) has been recognized by the American Public Works Association (Washington, D.C.) as one of its Public Works Projects of the Year for 2006. The award will be presented to the City of Dana Point and PBS&J (Tampa, Fla.) during the association’s 2006 International Public Works Congress and Exposition in Kansas City, Mo., in September.

In Memoriam

Jim Anderson, Senior Vice President and Director of Technology, Metcalf & Eddy

Jim Anderson, P.E., senior vice president and director of technology at the environmental engineering firm Metcalf & Eddy (M&E; Wakefield, Mass.), died recently. He was 58 years old and had worked at M&E more than 30 years. During his career, he led numerous water and wastewater system improvement projects, managed M&E’s operations in New York, and was a passionate advocate for technological innovation.

Jim was a key figure in New York City’s program to enhance the effectiveness of biological nutrient removal and, thus, to improve the quality of the effluent discharged into Long Island Sound. Later, he turned his attention to emerging contaminants of concern, playing a major role in setting up several research projects on such contaminants, including endocrine disruptors.

In recent years, Jim became increasingly concerned about worldwide shortages of fresh water. Convinced that the answer lay in reclamation and reuse of wastewater and in the training of a new generation of water and wastewater professionals, he coordinated the writing and editing of M&E’s water reuse textbook for use in colleges and universities.

Jim’s sharp mind will be missed by his immediate colleagues and within the wider scientific and engineering community. M&E is dedicating its water reuse textbook to him in recognition of the legacy he leaves.

Metcalf & Eddy

Ron Sieger, Vice Chair, WEF Residuals and Biosolids Committee

The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is saddened to announce the death of Ron Sieger, WEF Residuals and Biosolids Committee vice chair. He died May 3 in Houston after a long illness he courageously fought to overcome.

Sieger was vice president and principal technologist for CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) and involved with wastewater and residuals projects worldwide as part of the Global Residuals Technology team. His range of project experience in water and wastewater treatment extends from planning treatment systems, including designing pilot facilities, through startup and operation of completed plants. It was Sieger’s in-depth knowledge of wastewater biosolids that led to his expertise in the related disciplines of water reuse, odor mitigation, and collection system master planning.

Sieger served as program chair for two very successful Residuals and Biosolids specialty conferences and presented technical papers at several national specialty conferences. He served as a member of the WEF Manual of Practice Committee (MOP) for MOP 8 and MOP 11, and as a member of the Awards Committee. He also was a reviewer for several applications for grants and ongoing research projects for the Water Environment Research Foundation (Alexandria, Va.). Over the years, he gave much of his time to the Water Environment Association of Texas and contributed to the work of the nonprofit development organization Water for People (Denver). Survivors include his wife Cathy. Funeral services were held May 6.

Sam Hadeed, WE&T