WaterBriefs: Solving world water problems focus of Calif. student grants

In other news: Power plant closure aids Arizona waterway; Godwin CEO wins Entrepreneur of Year Award; Clean Water Trust Fund gains in House; Agreement fosters desal research in West; Richardson to lead AWWA; Pacific Ozone to appear on World Business Review; AFS hosting two fall conferences; Environmental Power unveils anaerobic digester technology; U.S. patent granted for BUGS carbon reactivation technology; Tampa Bay Water honored by APWA chapter; Iowa hydraulics lab named national landmark...

In other news below, see:
-- Power plant closure gives rebirth to important Arizona waterway, watershed
-- Godwin's Paz wins Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Year Lifetime Achievement Award
-- Clean Water Trust Fund gains traction at House hearings
-- Agreement signed to foster desalination research in West
-- Richardson takes helm of AWWA
-- Pacific Ozone Technology to appear on World Business Review TV series
-- AFS hosting two concurrent topical conferences in fall
-- Environmental Power Corp. unveils superior anaerobic digester technology
-- U.S. patent granted for BUGS carbon reactivation technology
-- Innovative Tampa Bay Water project honored by APWA Florida Chapter
-- Iowa hydraulics lab named National Historic Landmark

Solving world water problems focus of Calif. college, university student grants
LOS ANGELES, June 18, 2005 -- In the backdrop of a United Nations initiative to focus attention on worldwide water issues, students from eight Southern California colleges and universities today received grants totaling $110,000 to research local water-supply solutions that could result in global benefits. The awards were made jointly by Metropolitan Water District, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, L.A. County Sanitation District...
Click here for more.

Power plant closure gives rebirth to important Arizona waterway, watershed
PHOENIX, June 18, 2005 -- Unprecedented move by Arizona Public Service to retire two hydroelectric facilities restores Fossil Creek and improves natural environment. Event applauded by Yavapai-Apache Nation, American Rivers, Arizona Riparian Council, Center for Biological Diversity, The Nature Conservancy and Northern Arizona Audubon Society. One of the most significant environmental events in Arizona's history, it restores unique riparian ecosystem...
Click here for more.

Godwin's Paz wins Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Year Lifetime Achievement Award
BRIDGEPORT, NJ, June 17, 2005 -- John Michael Paz, president of Bridgeport, N.J.-based Godwin Pumps, was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP at an awards banquet on June 16. He was chosen from 20 finalists in the Greater Philadelphia region by an independent panel of judges...
Click here for more.

Clean Water Trust Fund gains traction at House hearings
WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2005 -- The House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee held the second of two hearings on June 14 exploring investment approaches to bridge the growing clean water funding gap. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Congressional Budget Office, the General Accounting Office and Water Infrastructure Network all agree that the nation faces a national water infrastructure funding gap in the hundreds of billions of dollars over the next 20 years...
Click here for more.

Agreement signed to foster desalination research in West
WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2005 -- The Bureau of Reclamation and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California enter into a cooperative research agreement to test three water desalination pilot projects at the bureau's Water Quality Improvement Center in Yuma, Ariz. The innovative technologies highlighted in these projects have the potential to reduce desalination costs while increasing the amount of water available after treatment. The $3 million research agreement includes in-kind and cash contributions from both parties...
Click here for more.

Richardson takes helm of AWWA
SAN FRANCISCO, June 16, 2005 -- Andy W. Richardson, a principal and director of the Phoenix and Las Vegas offices of the consulting firm Greeley and Hansen, began his term as the American Water Works Association's president last night by calling on the water community to be dedicated and responsible stewards of our critical water infrastructure...
Click here for more.

Pacific Ozone Technology to appear on World Business Review TV series
BOCA RATON, FL, June 16, 2005 -- This segment of World Business Review will air largely on June 21 and focus on the benefits of using ozone as an alternative to water and air purification. Pacific Ozone will present the technology they provide to the market, addressing this very important issue...
Click here for more.

AFS hosting two concurrent topical conferences in fall
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, June 16, 2005 -- The Ann Arbor, Mich., conferences begin Monday, Sept. 19, with a separate plenary session, the "Basics in Liquid Filtration Short Course," for industry newcomers. From Sept. 20-21 are two full conferences. The first focuses on "Filter Testing, Procedures and Equipment" and the second on the new "Diesel and Gas Emissions -- Legislated Requirements"...
Click here for more.


Environmental Power Corp. unveils superior anaerobic digester technology
PORTSMOUTH, NH, June 16, 2005 -- New Hampshire company, with Dairyland Power Cooperative, is formally commissioning its first electricity generating anaerobic digester systems. The facility is the first U.S. installation utilizing a proven Danish technology licensed exclusively to Microgy for deployment in North America. The system is projected to generate 6.5 million kWh annually from the waste of about 800 milk cows, an output sufficient to supply about 600 homes. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held June 22 at the Five Star Dairy in Elk Mound, Wis., to commemorate the milestone...
Click here for more.

U.S. patent granted for BUGS carbon reactivation technology
CARLSBAD, CA, June 16, 2005 -- U.S. Patent Office grants new patent for U.S. Microbics innovative biotechnology solution aimed at $400 million a year market. The new invention relates to the treatment of carbon filtration systems and the use of microorganisms for removal of contaminating hydrocarbons from such systems...
Click here for more.

Innovative Tampa Bay Water project honored by APWA Florida Chapter
TAMPA, FL, June 16, 2005 -- The C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir project is named the Environmental Project of the Year by the Florida chapter of the American Public Works Association. Owned by Tampa Bay Water, HDR was responsible for the project's siting, design, permitting and construction oversight of the storage element of the overall system known as the Enhanced Surface Water Supply System...
Click here for more.

Iowa hydraulics lab named National Historic Landmark
MUSCATINE, IA, June 16, 2005 -- Constructed in 1919, the Stanley Hydraulics laboratory is the oldest university-based hydraulics laboratory in the U.S. continuously focused on research and education in hydraulic engineering. In the '30s it was instrumental in planning the current nine-foot navigation channel of the Upper Mississippi River, with its locks and dams. It was recently named a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by ASCE...
Click here for more.

In earlier news brief reports, see:
-- "WaterBriefs: Koch Membranes receive NSF 61 certification for RO, NF elements" -- Also in this report (June 15, 2005): EARTH Corp. partners with USFilter Zimpro Products; Dragon Venture unit signs three Chinese contracts; Triton's EQUUS E-Series demos coming in 3Q; Basin Water wins nitrate removal patent; Public Citizen urges Mayors to oppose water privatization; Black & Veatch assists flood management in China; Cranfield University spins off Water Innovate; U.S. public-private partnership impact positive; Advanced GC capillary columns unveiled for VOC analysis...

***

-- "WaterBriefs: Calif. to receive $10.8 million in 'watershed protection' funds" -- Also in this report (June 9, 2005): Bottled water to comply with new arsenic rule; GE helps N.C. industrial wastewater processor cut chemical use; Stevens Water appoints Secrest president; Pentair names chief for Asia-Pacific; Minn. DNR hires HDR for Thunderhawk EIS; Onsite wastewater application using portable IR analyzer detailed; Met-Pro unit wins order over $400K; U.S. patent allowed for Aqua Dyne; Coolers lead charge for bottled water in UK; Arizona enacts underground utility marking legislation...

###

More in Technologies