Protecting Critical Waterlines: Rehabilitation and Replacement of the East Layton Pipeline

CH2Mer Adam Murdock, who serves as a senior project manager and our Western Regional Service Leader for Conveyance, is attending and presenting at the 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers Pipelines Conference, which is being held in Baltimore, Maryland, August 23-26. Adam will be sharing highlights from a recent project to rehabilitate and replace Utah's East Layton Pipeline, a critical aging potable waterline that delivers drinking water supplies for many Utah cities. The original East Layton Pipeline was constructed in 1955 and was experiencing an increased number of leaks, requiring emergency repairs, many which jeopardized the community's reliable water supplies. Join Adam at ASCE or read his latest Access Water blog to learn more about the award-winning solution that was identified and implemented to help solve Utah's Weber Basin Water Conservancy District's challenge on this project.

Sustainable Infrastructure Report Provides a Road Map to the Future

In the next few years, the United States is going to have to spend many billions of dollars on infrastructure simply to keep our society and economy functioning. This is the reality; however, the big question that remains is, how can we get smarter about the ways we’ll invest that money? If we choose to invest in solutions that are affordable, resilient, environmentally sound, and integrated, we can make a positive difference in our communities and benefit local economies. A new report, Infrastructure Crisis, Sustainable Solutions: Rethinking Our Infrastructure Investment Strategies, recently released by the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI) at The Evergreen State College, paints the picture of innovative, integrated infrastructure strategies emerging to reshape the energy, transportation, wastewater, stormwater, water supply, and waste sectors. In their blog, Rhys Roth, Director at CSI, and Elizabeth Kelly, Vice President and Senior Consultant at CH2M HILL, share highlights from the report, which includes interviews from 70 Pacific Northwest infrastructure innovators and thought leaders representing the public, private, academic, and non-profit sectors.

American Water Summit Focuses on Smashing Silos

CH2M HILL is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of this year’s American Water Summit in Houston, Texas, hosted by Global Water Intelligence, from October 23-24. The theme of this year’s event, Smashing Silos, has a strong emphasis on energy—highlighting North America’s water energy strategy. Attendees will discuss five key issues and opportunities including water, finance, cities, energy, and technology. CH2M HILL Global Managing Director, Peter Nicol is participating in the panel, "Water, Cities & Business: Managing Growth & Volatility," on Thursday. Participants will discuss how cities can take bold action to develop new water resources and the importance of exploring innovative municipal industrial partnerships, as well as creative financing sources to fund infrastructure projects.

Applying Green Infrastructure Solutions to Maximize Public and Private Investments

Onondaga County, New York is a national model for the implementation of a balanced approach to stormwater management. Onondaga County, along with a team of CH2M HILL consultants and the Department of Water Environment Protection, worked together to develop a business case GI calculator, and used it as the foundation to build one of the nation’s first, broadly utilized GI grant programs, known as Save the Rain’s Green Improvement Fund (GIF). The GI calculator enables the County to make a fiscally responsible decision to fund GI projects, while ensuring public benefit through achieving objectives of Clean Water Act compliance obligations. CH2M HILL's Matthew Marko will speak on the benefits of the GI calculator and other green infrastructure solutions during WEFTEC 14.

GIS Tool Quantifies the Consequences of Overflow in Cincinnati’s Sewer System

The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati’s (MSDGC) Watershed Operations Division, with support from CH2M HILL, has been working to develop a Decision Support System tool to evaluate the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) impacts of an overflow at individual locations throughout the city’s sewer system. This GIS-Based Operational Decision Support Tool uses GIS and spreadsheet tools to quantify the Consequences of Overflow (COO) for a set of metrics designed to evaluate impacts to the TBL. CH2M HILL Global Technology Leader Susan Moisio discusses the tool in more detail in today's Access Water blog.