Environmental Protection



The Sky Is Falling?

As Reality Undermines Models, Global Warming Become Less Tenable

The UN-Comfort Zone

Will You Freak-Out or Hunker Down?

Sometimes motivation is forced upon us.

You're Invited!

Whether you support the fostering of human relationships over the Internet or not, statistics indicate that social networking is here to stay. Increasingly, doctors, pilots, and other professionals are logging onto niche communities to chat with peers, download industry-specific content, and attract clients.

From the Top: Q & A with Chuck Gordon

President and Chief Executive Officer Chuck Gordon offers his insight into Siemens Water Technologies. Previously he served as executive vice president of the Water & Wastewater Systems Group, and from 2003 - 2005 he served as president of the USFilter Water & Wastewater Services and Products Group.

From the Top: Q & A with Klaus Andersen

Chief Executive Officer Klaus Andersen shared his insight into the business of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (VWS) at WEFTEC.08. At his company, Andersen heads VWS 6, which covers the Americas and Australia.

Versatile Vortex Valves

Water industry officials often consider vortex valves a novel technology for outlet flow control within stormwater detention systems. That's why the majority of the 17,000+ vortex valve installations in Europe and North America are used in stormwater detention. These units, however, can be implemented in water management systems to reduce erosion, aerate discharge, and equalize flow, among other things.

National vs. State Rules

Nationally established stormwater regulations can conflict with statewide enforcement and the trickle-down effect may leave local jurisdictions as well as developers confused about who is regulating what and why the regulations were organized in this way.

Case Study: In Municipal Chambers

Population and regulatory demands, an increased awareness of the need to protect sensitive areas, and the value of water as a resource are driving new ways of thinking about how decentralized wastewater treatment can be used to manage these issues.

Case Study: RTO Replacements with No Upfront Capital

After operating two regenerative thermal oxidizers (RTOs) for the last 25 years, Soliant LLC of Lancaster, S.C., considered what repairs were needed to ensure reliability. The company asked Dürr Systems, Inc. EES, a supplier of RTOs, for recommendations.

The AAI Rule and SOX Intersect

November 1, 2006, was an historic day for the environmental due diligence industry. That’s the date the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) rule took effect, changing the environmental due diligence requirements for those seeking to qualify for cleanup liability protection under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).

Las Vegas Readies Brownfield For Green Revitalization

Union Park in downtown Las Vegas is one of the most ambitious brownfield redevelopment programs in the country.


The Cycle

Have you ever wondered what happens to the glass, metal, and plastic you set out for recycling?


American Rivers Commends Water Efficiency Approach

American Rivers, a river conservation organization, recently commended the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority for promoting water efficiency as the first source of supply in its recently released study,

Simplifying Complexity

Exploiting the biological complexity of natural systems to cope with the complexity of industrial waste streams is becoming a more attractive option because engineered treatment wetlands typically are mechanically simple and have low operation and maintenance costs.

'Green' Desalination

Over the past five years, desalination has gained significant momentum in California. With more than 10 projects in various stages of environmental review, design, and construction, desalination is planned to provide 1,500 to 2,000 million liters per day (ml/d) of new fresh drinking water supplies for the state by 2015.

Treating FGD Purge Streams

Many electric generating utilities that burn coal are engaged in retrofit projects using flue gas desulfurization (FGD) to meet emissions standards mandated by Phase 2 of the Clean Air Act.

Case Study: Putting Solvents in Their Place

Old ways of doing business are acceptable today if they comply with regulations and get the job done efficiently.


Water's Value Needs Clearer Definition

I believe that access to sanitation and water is a key component of human rights.

Case Study: No More Tipping and Tapping

Killing weeds isn't one of the primary responsibilities of a water and wastewater management facility, but it does require some care to do the job well and in compliance with California's Title 3 Pesticide Regulations.

The Shortest Distance between Two Points

Cloudcroft, N.M., holds more than one important distinction. It is home to the nation’s highest golf course at 9,000 feet, and its residents have implemented an integrated water conservation and indirect potable reuse project to supplement spring and well water with treated wastewater effluent.

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