WaterBriefs: Researchers join EPA experts to address new challenges

Also in this report: GE Water opens US$82M R&D center in Singapore; Dow ion exchange resin prices rise; Degussa unit wins Governor's Award; Blancett honors distributors; Home Depot wholesale division now HD Supply; ASCE asks: 'Can we survive?'; Water For People uses GPS for global efforts; Kansas State student named EPA Fellow; 30 years for Dynasonics; USGS, Auburn celebrate World Water Monitoring Day; Cal-Irvine scientists monitor ocean pollution; U. of Arizona unveils stormwater plan...

In other news below:
-- GE to open US$82M global water R&D center in Singapore
-- Dow hikes ion exchange resin prices
-- Degussa's Goldschmidt Chemical receives Governor's Excellence Award
-- Blancett honors leading distributors
-- Wholesale division of Home Depot rebranded as HD Supply
-- ASCE asks: 'Can we survive the future?'
-- Water For People uses global positioning to monitor efforts around world
-- Kansas State graduate student named EPA Fellow
-- Dynasonics celebrates 30 years of success
-- USGS helps Alabama celebrate World Water Monitoring Day
-- Cal-Irvine scientists use near real-time sensor data to detect coastal ocean pollution
-- University of Arizona releases Storm Water Management Plan
-- Particle Measuring Systems announces organization changes

Researchers join forces with EPA's existing experts to address new challenges -- WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 25, 2006 -- Leveraging a powerful tool that helps the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency attract accomplished scientists and researchers with the best and brightest minds, the Agency announces three appointees who will join with other EPA professionals to battle the latest environmental challenges. Dr. Stephen Edwards has accepted the position of Systems Biologist within the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) in Research Triangle Park, NC. Dr. Richard Judson has accepted the position of bioinformatician with the National Center for Computational Toxicology (NCCT). Dr. Imran Shah will fill the position of computational systems biologist in the NCCT...
Also see:
-- "Chesapeake Executive Council Joins With Watershed Partners to Usher in New Policies to Protect Bay Forests, Farms, Waterways"
-- "EPA advisors to hold public meeting on energy, water and stewardship in Denver"
-- "Littleton, Englewood, CO, earn EPA Clean Water Act award"
-- "EPA Proposes Deleting the Army Materials Technology Laboratory Superfund Site from Superfund List"
-- "EPA removes 19th Avenue Landfill from Superfund list"
-- "U.S. EPA reopens comment period for BHP LNG Cabrillo Port water discharge permit"
-- "EPA Seeks Public Comment on Cleanup of Former Naval Station Roosevelt Roads Base"
-- "EPA Settles Clean Water Case with Wentworth, NH Sawmill"

GE to open US$82 million global water R&D center in Singapore -- Aligned with Singapore's Global Hydrohub vision, the new R&D Centre will focus on innovative water quality and water scarcity solutions -- TREVOSE, PA, Sept. 25, 2006 -- GE Water & Process Technologies recently announced that it will set up a world-scale global research and development (R&D) center in Singapore and will invest S$130 (US$82 million) over the next 10 years. Comprising of five Centers of Excellence, the GE Water & Process Technologies Global R&D Center will be hosted at the National University of Singapore (NUS), where GE will collaborate with NUS on water technology and research. GE plans to employ 100 researchers to develop concepts into products and solutions...
Also see: "GE announces plans to build world's largest EDR plant: Project will supply 25% of Barcelona's drinking water supply"

Dow Water Solutions announces global price increase for DOWEX ion exchange resins -- MIDLAND, MI, Sept. 25, 2006 -- Dow is increasing the price of all DOWEX™ ion exchange resin, adsorbent and catalyst products. The price increase will average 5% across the product line, globally. The price increase is effective Oct. 15, or as contracts allow. The price increase reflects a need to continue to offset high costs in energy and raw materials. Customers will be contacted by their local Dow sales representatives with the specific product and price details...

Degussa's Goldschmidt Chemical receives Governor's Excellence Award -- HOPEWELL, VA, Sept. 25, 2006 -- Degussa's Goldschmidt Chemical Corp., recognized earlier in the year by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for its successful environmental stewardship, was further honored this past week when it received the top (Gold-level) Governor's Environmental Excellence Award for a Large Manufacturer. The award was presented at the 11th Annual Virginia Industry Environmental Conference on Sept. 13, hosted by the Virginia Manufacturers Association and the DEQ at the Greater Richmond Convention Center...
Also see:
-- "Degussa to spin-off its NCN activities as AlzChem: Creation of a new mid-sized enterprise in Bavaria"
-- "DEC's Borger, Texas plant achieves ISO 14001 certification"
-- "Acquisition of Degussa by RAG completed"

Blancett honors leading distributors -- RACINE, WI, Sept. 25, 2006 -- Blancett Flow Meters, of Racine, WI, honored three of its distributors with Excellence Awards for their sales performance in 2005. Kimray Sales & Service covering Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Mississippi lead the way in sales growth for the year. Pembina Controls in Alberta, Canada, and Dave's Flow Measurement of Gillette, WY, were the other two distributors that were recognized. These distributors, with their qualified salespeople, have experienced exceptional sales growth, established large market share, and provided high levels of service to obtain an overall high rate of customer satisfaction...

Wholesale division of Home Depot rebranded as HD Supply -- ATLANTA, Sept. 25, 2006 -- Today, The Home Depot announced that its growing family of wholesale distribution businesses will be united under the common brand HD Supplysm. The announcement, made today by Joe DeAngelo, executive vice president/president, HD Supply, signals the beginning of a transition to the new brand identity over the coming months. The division focuses on infrastructure, construction, maintenance, and repair/remodel...

Can we survive the future? Protecting, strengthening infrastructure in the face of natural, technical and socio-political hazards is focus of engineering conference in Chicago -- RESTON, VA, Sept. 25, 2006 -- Tragic events like this past year's dam failures in Missouri and Hawaii, Hurricane Katrina's impact on New Orleans and the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks, have a tremendous negative effect on our nation's infrastructure systems, thus posing a serious threat to our economy and quality of life. They also serve as a reminder of the important role engineers, planners and other industry professionals can, should and will play in mitigating the effects such hazards can have on our transportation, water and sanitation, communications and emergency response infrastructures. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will examine lessons learned from past events, as well as proven methods and new techniques for protecting and strengthening infrastructure against the natural, man-made and political threats of the future at its 2006 Annual Civil Engineering Conference, held Oct. 19-21, in Chicago at the Westin Chicago River North Hotel. The conference_which opens with a plenary session featuring a keynote address by U.S. Army Ret. Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, will focus on the role civil engineers play in mitigating the effects of multi-hazards and the challenges those hazards pose to the owners, users and designers of critical infrastructure...

Water For People uses global positioning to monitor efforts around world -- DENVER, CO, Sept. 25, 2006 -- Water For People recently launched a pilot monitoring and evaluation program to assess the functionality and long-term viability of its water and sanitation projects using a methodology developed by Weston Solutions Inc., of West Chester, PA, and GPS receivers and related software from Trimble, of Sunnyvale, CA, and ESRI, of Redlands, CA.

Kansas State graduate student named EPA Fellow -- MANHATTAN, KS, Sept. 22, 2006 -- Trisha Culbertson, graduate student in biological and agricultural engineering at Kansas State University, has been awarded a fellowship funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency through its Science to Achieve Results program. The fellowship, to support and encourage students in environmentally related fields, provides two years of funding for a master's degree or three years of funding for a doctoral degree at up to $37,000. Culbertson, of New Strawn, KS, was chosen as a finalist after submitting an application package, which included 13 items designed to provide reviewers with information about the applicant and his or her proposed research, as well as three letters of recommendation. Her research project is based on a vegetated storm water system to control runoff from an adjacent urban development...
Also see:
-- "E. coli outbreak could spell disaster for spinach industry, according to K-State ag economist"
-- "Center looking to bring together two factions in biosecurity - law enforcement and animal/plant health experts"
-- "K-State's Biosecurity Research Institute to provide research, training space for food safety and security efforts"

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Dynasonics celebrates 30 years of success -- RACINE, WI, Sept. 22, 2006 -- Dynasonics' history of engineering and manufacturing products for the flow measurement industry celebrates 30 years of success. Throughout its history, Dynasonics has dealt with thousands of unique flow measurement requirements and have focused its efforts on developing a line of products to satisfy those requirements. Products include non-invasive Transit Time Ultrasonic Flow Meters for clear liquid, Doppler Ultrasonic Flow Meters for liquids with suspended solids or aeration, and insertion style Magnetic Flow Meters for clear liquids. The company's 30 year history of producing flow meters provides proper solutions for a company's most challenging application. To celebrate the anniversary, the company is recognizing its No. 1 selling product in the company's history -- the TFXL. This Transit Time meter broke new ground in terms of price and new markets for Dynasonics. The TFXL is designed to replace mechanical flow meters in applications where liquid conditions tend to damage or impede mechanical flow meter operation...

USGS helps Alabama celebrate World Water Monitoring Day -- MONTGOMERY, AL, Sept. 22, 2006 -- Scientists from the USGS Alabama Water Science Center joined ecology students from Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) at Cypress Creek in Montgomery, Ala. this week to demonstrate field sampling techniques of water resources. This event is part of an ongoing cooperative agreement between USGS and AUM and in celebration of World Water Monitoring Day. Mayor Bobby Bright joined the efforts and shared with the AUM students his vision of the restoration of Cypress Creek as part of the Montgomery Riverfront development in downtown Montgomery...

Cal-Irvine scientists use near real-time sensor data to detect coastal ocean pollution -- New technique could lead to quicker warning system for public beaches -- IRVINE, CA, Sept. 22, 2006 -- A discovery by University of California-Irvine scientists could help public health officials know instantly when pollution has moved into the coastal ocean -- a breakthrough that could enable authorities to post warnings or close beaches in minutes rather than days, the university announced Sept. 18. The new technique analyzes temperature and salinity data collected by sensors located in the water along the Southern California coast. Researchers found that fluctuations in the sensor data correlate with changes in water quality as soon as they occur. This type of analysis may lead to detection methods that are far faster than the current method of physically collecting water and testing it in a lab...

University of Arizona releases Storm Water Management Plan -- TUCSON, AZ, Sept. 22, 2006 -- UA has developed a Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) to comply with current stormwater regulations and to ensure that campus activities are not a source of pollution for surface water that flows through campus. The University campus has areas of grass, trees and other vegetation, but more than 56% of campus is covered by buildings, parking lots, sidewalks and streets that are impervious to rainfall. This situation creates significant runoff especially during Tucson's summer monsoon season...
In other water-related university news see:
-- "UA Makes a Splash with Project WET Water Festivals"
-- "Students to Unveil Water Harvesting Project at UA"
-- "Water Expert: Rivers, Environment Have Rights, Too"
-- "Global Climate Change Lecture Series Kicks Off UofA College of Science's Theme Semester"
-- "International Water Expert to Lecture in Tucson"
-- "Report Analyzes Role of Businesses in Growth, Water Supplies"

Particle Measuring Systems announces organization changes -- BOULDER, CO, Sept. 22, 2006 -- Particle Measuring Systems announced the transition of Kristi Urquidi from vice president of manufacturing to vice president of engineering and Brad Schindler as the new manufacturing director. Urquidi has been with the company eight years. Schindler's experience includes operations director for Nor-Cal Products and operations director and vice president of Service Center Operations for Micro Motion...

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