WaterBriefs: WERF project tackles larger stormwater pollutants

Also in this report: CWP unveils watershed tool; Emerson expands Bristol ControlWave market reach; WIKA gains thermometer patent; 'Nutrient Removal' firm formed; Onset names president; Aquatech lands Mideast deals; Aspen Aerogels appoints oil & gas execs; Orival hires VP; Mueller Water Products to close Canadian plant; Great Lakes report released; GL&V pulls in $30M in mining, pulp & paper deals; Alberta to invest $232M; Watts Water picks FullTilt; Entex wins wastewater research grant...

In other news below:
-- CWP releases Smart Watershed Benchmarking Tool
-- Emerson expands Bristol ControlWave remote automation technology
-- WIKA's Dampened Movement Bi-Metal Thermometer receives patent
-- Univ. of Waterloo, Lombardo Associates form Nutrient Removal Technologies Inc.
-- Onset Computer Corp. appoints new president
-- Aquatech strengthens position in HPI/CPI industry with Mideast contracts
-- Aspen Aerogels appoints oil & gas execs in Houston, Paris, Alberta
-- Orival Inc. hires Marcus Allhands as VP of business development
-- Walter Industries to close Mueller Water Products' Milton, Ontario facility
-- IJC releases report on public review of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
-- GL&V contracts worth nearly $30M for ore processing, pulp & paper solutions
-- Alberta communities to benefit from over $232 million in infrastructure investment
-- American States Water releases ratemaking decision from water rights lease
-- Watts Water Technologies picks FullTilt's enterprise management solution
-- Entex receives grant from NCBC for wastewater treatment research

WERF project looks at larger stormwater pollutants -- HOUSTON, TX, April 20, 2006 -- Urban stormwater runoff is a major contributor of pollutants to rivers, lakes, streams, and oceans. The Water Environment Research Foundation is conducting a comprehensive project to evaluate larger pollutants -- such as trash and visible debris -- in urban stormwater runoff. The project will compile, evaluate and recommend sampling methods for these materials. PBS&J's urban stormwater expert Michael Bloom will serve on the committee to oversee the project...

CWP releases Smart Watershed Benchmarking Tool -- ELLICOTT CITY, MD, April 20, 2006 -- Using lessons learned from around the country, this self-assessment tool developed by the Ellicott, MD-based Center for Watershed Protection helps local communities integrate and align their urban watershed programs to meet water resource goals. It's hoped the tool will help local program managers make better decisions on watershed restoration priorities to maximize performance of staff and financial resources. Local watershed groups can also use this tool by determining how their community compares to others and work with their local governments to encourage adoption of practices that would improve scores...

Emerson expands Bristol ControlWave remote automation technology -- Extends reach into oil & gas and water and wastewater industries. New standards-based ControlWave ExpressPAC breaks the price/performance barrier for small integrated RTU's -- WATERTOWN, CT, April 20, 2006 -- Expanding its recently acquired Bristol ControlWave® remote automation technology, Emerson Process Management introduces the ControlWave ExpressPAC, a highly integrated pre-engineered package solution that combines the new ControlWave Express RTU with a variety of options commonly required in SCADA applications. ControlWave is a flexible remote automation system based on worldwide industry standards for programming and communications. It combines the best technologies provided by PLC, RTU and automation architectures into a Hybrid system well suited to remote applications in the energy, water, and wastewater industries -- including water pump, tank, well and reservoir control, wastewater lift station and storm water monitoring, and natural gas well, storage and plunger lift control...
Also see:
-- " Emerson launches global language versions of online PlantWeb University educational program"
-- "Emerson announces ATEX approval for Fisher DVC2000 digital valve controller"

WIKA's Dampened Movement Bi-Metal Thermometer receives patent -- ATLANTA, April 20, 2006 -- WIKA Instrument Corp., the world's foremost provider of pressure and temperature instrumentation, announces that it has been awarded a U.S. Patent for its Dampened Movement Bi-Metal Thermometer. As a silicone-free thermometer, the unit achieves the effect of silicone fill but in a dry case. This product was developed and engineered in WIKA's U.S. headquarters located in Lawrenceville, GA...

New company formed to commercialize innovative nitrogen removal process -- BOSTON, MA, and WATERLOO, Canada, April 20, 2006 -- Pio Lombardo, president of Lombardo Associates, Inc., Newton, MA, and Professor William Robertson of the University of Waterloo and the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario have joined to form Nutrient Removal Technologies Inc. (NRTI) to exclusively commercialize the patented Nitrex™ passive nitrogen removal system and PhosRID™ passive phosphorus removal system in the United States. University of Waterloo professors Dr. John Cherry and Dr. Will Robertson invented the patent protected Nitrex passive nitrogen removal system, and Dr. Robertson separately invented the patent protected PhosRID passive phosphorus removal system. Professors Cherry and Robertson are internationally acclaimed hydrogeologists who have specialized in subsurface contaminant transport and nutrient removal...

Onset Computer Corp. appoints new president -- BOURNE, MA, April 20, 2006 -- Onset Computer Corp., a leading supplier of battery-powered data loggers and weather stations, has 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. Prior to joining Onset in 2002, Sample spent 24 years with Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies, where he held numerous management positions in the United States and Europe...
Also see: "Onset Computer announces free live web seminar on water level monitoring May 16"

Aquatech strengthens position in HPI/CPI industry with Mideast contracts -- CANONSBURG, PA, April 2006 -- Aquatech International Corp., a leader in the field of industrial water & wastewater treatment, recently received several water treatment contracts for projects in the hydrocarbon and chemical processing industries (HPI/CPI) industry in the Middle East. This includes demineralization, condensate polishing units and other equipment for use in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait...

Aspen Aerogels appoints Olivier Bousquet as head of LNG in Paris -- NORTHBOROUGH, MA, April 19, 2006 -- Aspen Aerogels, the Massachusetts-based developer of aerogel nanotechnologies, has appointed Olivier Bousquet as LNG industry manager based in Paris, France. He brings 14 years experience in control, management and business development of onshore and offshore projects, as well as a wealth of LNG business development experience gained primarily at Saipem's LNG business unit. Before Saipem, Bousquet worked for global operator Technip in various engineering management roles...
Also see:
-- "Aspen Aerogels appoints Randy Seehausen to head offshore oil in Houston"
-- "Aspen Aerogels appoints David Bradshaw as head of oil sands team in Alberta"

Orival Inc. hires Marcus Allhands as VP of business development -- ENGLEWOOD, NJ, April 19, 2006 -- Orival Inc., an Englewood, NJ, manufacturer of a complete line of manual strainers and automatic self-cleaning screen filters for industrial, municipal and irrigation applications, has hired Dr. Marcus N. Allhands, PE as vice president of business development to expand markets for the company. He will report directly to the company president and set up operations in the Midwest where he can administer his global duties. Allhands brings over 30 years of engineering and water treatment experience to the firm. He has worked in manufacturing, engineering and environmental consulting, and most recently was the senior application engineer for Amiad Filtration Systems.

Walter Industries to close Mueller Water Products' Milton, Ontario facility -- TAMPA, FL, April 20, 2006 -- Walter Industries Inc. announced today that Mueller Water Products is closing its Milton, Ontario, Canada valve and hydrant manufacturing plant. Valve production at Milton will be transferred to Mueller's Chattanooga, TN, facility and hydrant production will be transferred to Mueller's Albertville, AL, plant. The Milton plant is expected to close by the end of July 2006. This plant closure is part of Walter Industries' continued facility rationalization strategy following its acquisition of Mueller Water Products. The company plans to integrate Mueller and U.S. Pipe into a combined Water Products business via an IPO and spin-off later this year. Mueller's Milton, Ontario plant employs 158 people...

IJC releases report on public review of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement -- OTTAWA, Canada, April 20, 2006 -- Today the International Joint Commission (IJC) released a report, "Synthesis of Public Comment on the Forthcoming Review by the Federal Governments of Canada and the United States of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement." The report captures the views of more than 4,100 people and organizations who participated in a public consultation the IJC led this fall. It's the culmination of a process that began in June 2005 when the governments of Canada and the United States asked the IJC to seek the public's views on the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and its review. The Commission held 15 public meetings around the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence basin, conducted an innovative, four-day interactive Web Dialogue and received comments by e-mail, mail, fax and telephone. The consultation demonstrated that there is a strong constituency for efforts carried out by the Governments under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement...

GL&V contracts worth over $16.3 million for ore processing solutions in Latin America -- MONTREAL, Canada, April 20, 2006 -- Management of Groupe LaPerriere & Verreault Inc. (GL&V) is pleased to announce that the Process Group (Dorr-Oliver Eimco) was recently awarded five contracts totalling over $16.3 million [US$14.3 million] for the mining industry in Latin America. The largest, worth approximately $7 million [US$6.16 million], consists of the design, manufacture and installation by February 2007 of an ore processing system comprising 15 disc filters, four thickeners and one clarifier for a mineral producer in Brazil. The other contracts, which total over $9.3 million {US$8.18 million], relate to the sale of process equipment in various Latin American countries, scheduled for delivery between June 2006 and February 2007...
Also see:
-- "GL&V's Pulp and Paper Group acquires manufacturer in Montreal area"
-- "GL&V's Pulp and Paper Group awarded new contracts worth over CDN$14 million in emerging countries, including for its BTF technology"

Alberta communities to benefit from over $232 million in infrastructure investment -- MEDICINE HAT, AB, April 19, 2006 -- Urban and rural municipalities in Alberta will see an improvement and increase in their public infrastructure as a result of a $176 million [US$154.8 million] investment by the Governments of Canada and Alberta. The federal and provincial governments will each contribute $88 million [US$77.4 million] to the Canada-Alberta Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (CAMRIF) -- a joint initiative that will help contribute to a better quality of life for the people of Alberta by enabling communities to improve local roads, drinking water systems and other municipal infrastructure. With matching municipal contributions, the fund is expected to reach a total value of $264 million [US$232.2 million]. Eighty percent of CAMRIF investments will be directed to projects that benefit municipalities with populations of less than 250,000, with the remaining 20 percent earmarked for Calgary and Edmonton projects. Eligible projects under the CAMRIF include water and sewage treatment, solid waste management, public transit and energy improvements to municipal buildings...

American States Water releases ratemaking decision from water rights lease -- SAN DIMAS, CA, April 19, 2006 -- American States Water Co. announces the final decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on April 13 to approve the permanent lease of 5,000 acre feet of water rights to the city of Folsom by AWR's primary subsidiary, Golden State Water Company (GSWC). The CPUC also ordered that the revenues resulting from the lease shall be tracked in an interest-bearing memorandum account and invested in water utility infrastructure or plant development in the Arden and Rancho Cordova service areas in Sacramento County. Lease revenues invested in water utility infrastructure within eight years of receipt will be included in the rate base upon which GSWC earns a rate of return. Any lease revenue proceeds not invested during this period shall be allocated to customers...

Watts Water Technologies picks FullTilt's enterprise management solution -- FullTilt's enterprise Product Information Management (PIM) solution will help create a single trusted source of product master data and optimize business processes -- WAYNE, PA, April 19, 2006--FullTilt Solutions Inc., a leading provider of enterprise Product Information Management (PIM) solutions, today announced that Watts Water Technologies Inc. has selected FullTilt's enterprise Product Information Management solution. The FullTilt Perfect Product Suite is planned to support Watts Water Technologies' objectives to create and manage a central repository of trusted product master data and to automate and manage the business processes required for the complete and accurate internal and external data synchronization necessary for perfect Internet enabled commerce. FullTilt will also be used to automate data synchronization between Watts Water and customers such as Lowe's and The Home Depot through the 1SYNC GS1 GDSN -- Global Data Synchronization Network -- data pool...

Entex receives grant from NCBC for wastewater treatment research -- CHARLOTTE, NC, April 18, 2006 (Carolina Newswire) -- Entex Technologies Inc. in collaboration with Duke University is pleased to announce that they have received a Collaborative Funding Grant from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBC). The grant will allow them to conduct valuable research in order to further develop their advanced Integrated Fixed-film/Activated Sludge (IFAS) wastewater treatment technologies. The award is for $160,000, funded largely by NCBC, with contributions from Duke University and Entex. The research, done under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Schuler of Duke University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will be an essential step in the further development of the IFAS wastewater treatment technologies that Entex offers...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: Directory updated with over 15,000 environmental OEMs" -- Also in this report (April 18, 2006): PACS joins forces with NSF International; Stone countertop company reduces dewatering costs; Bentley expects 2,000 for BE Conference 2006; Southwest Water names Mark A. Swatek its CEO; Most contaminated counties in California shown to be the most populated; WaterChef announces sale of 100 PureSafe Water Station units to Chinese joint venture; Graham Corp. lands $1.3 million New Zealand condenser order; DWR increases 2006 State Water Project allocation to 100%; Novazone offers fresh produce solution at refrigerated warehouses association event...

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