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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to Implement the Central Bayside System Improvements

MWH/URS has been selected for a joint venture with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to help improve the Central Bayside. The project is expected to convey dry and wet weather flows from San Francisco’s north and central bayside areas to the Southeast Treatment Plant, incorporating “green” and “grey” solutions.

Tadpoles Grow Bigger Tails to Elude Predators

University of Mighican researchers have demonstrated that stress hormones can alter the body shape of developing animals, such as the tadpole, in order to better defend themselves against predator attacks.

Arizona State University Honored by EPA

In a ceremony on campus yesterday, Arizona State University’s Sustainable Cities Network was recognized by the EPA’s Regional Administrator, Jared Blumenfeld. The Pacific Southwest Region’s 2012 Green Government Award was presented to Anne Reichman, program manager for the Sustainable Cities Network at ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability.

New President/CEO for GZA Environmental, Inc.

William E. Hadge, P.E. has been named as the new President and CEO of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

NWS Center in Maryland Renamed

The Weather Prediction Center is one of nine national centers of the National Weather Service, which is part of NOAA.

Baswood Provides Wastewater Pretreatment at Dr Pepper Snapple Group Bottling Plant

The Baswood BioViper wastewater pretreatment system has begun operations at a Dr Pepper Snapple Group bottling plant, which helps support sustainability and reduces costs.

Cascades’ Lachute Plant Receives LEED Certification

Cascades has expanded its Tissue Group plant in Lachute, Quebec and has received the LEED Gold certification. The plant is the first paper manufacturing facility to obtain the certification in Canada.

Volcano Emissions Affect Global Warming

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder discovered that emissions from volcanoes around the globe can mask or reduce the effects of global warming.



President Obama Announces New EPA Administrator Nominee

During a ceremony at the White House today, President Barack Obama announced three cabinet-level nominations, including Gina McCarthy as the new administrator for the EPA.

New Tool for Environmental Compliance in Construction

A team of graduate students from Concordia University have developed a new tool that rates the level of compliance between environmental impact and the urban planning goals of development projects, which will also help increase the potential for long-term sustainability.

NAS Celebrates 150 Years

The National Academy of Sciences has turned 150 and will celebrate with several activities throughout the year.

Water Quality Improvements for Little Coal River

The latest restoration efforts for Little Coal River is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and will enhance water quality on a 15-mile stretch of the river from Danville downstream to McCorkle.

Interactive Atlas Conserves Agricultural Biodiversity

USDA scientists and cooperators developed an interactive atlas of wireless plants in Guatemala that are closely related to crop plants, which will make it easier to preserve plants with genes that are vital to global food security.

Millions Awarded to Help Preserve the Mediterranean Coastline

The European Union (EU) awarded the international Mare Nostrum consortium more than $4 million to find new ways of preserving the Mediterranean Sea and its coastline.

New Harmony Going for Bigger Green Rating

Staff at Mutual Housing California is expecting its most recent development in Davis, Calif., to get a high rating when its Build It Green (BIG) certification from the Oakland-based nonprofit comes through.

254,459 Waterways Visited in 2012 Monitoring Challenge

Participants from Albania to Zimbabwe tested their local waterways, according to the new Year in Review report from the Water Environment Federation and the International Water Association.

Wood Treatment Companies Violate Pesticide Laws

Gardner-Fields, Inc. of Tacoma, Washington and IBC Manufacturing Co. of Memphis, Tennessee will be paying fines for violating federal pesticide laws, according to separate settlements announced by the EPA.

Accepting Comments on Voluntary Action Program Changes to Biocriteria Rules

The Ohio EPA plans to modify the biocriteria training and certification requirements for the Voluntary Action Program (VAP) and will hold a public hearing on March 4, 2013 to accept comments.

Energy Camps for Tennessee Teachers Now Accepting Applications

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Energy Programs are now accepting applications for the 2013 Energy Camps, which provides K-12 teachers with the resources needed to teach students about the science of energy and energy conservation in the classroom.

New Protection Against Climate Change for Ecosystems

Researchers have discovered a new process that enables natural resource managers to better conserve particular wildlife, plants, and ecosystems as the climate continues to change.

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