Two recent events in the U.S. demonstrate the catastrophic impact hurricanes and flooding can have on communities and their infrastructure. In the aftermath of the event, New York City and New Jersey worked hard to move forward with recovery and rebuilding efforts. In 2013, New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced the multi award-winning NYC Wastewater Resiliency Plan, the nation’s most detailed and comprehensive assessment of the risk climate change poses to a wastewater collection and treatment system. Adam Hosking will present on this award-winning plan during the Singapore International Water Week being held this week, June 1-5.
CH2M HILL values developing its people through challenging projects. Sejla Alimanovic, a young professional located in the firm's Australia office, shares how working with Melbourne Water on a cool integrated water cycle management project provided an opportunity for professional development and growth.
Although regulatory requirements and infrastructure systems typically follow political and departmental borders, storms and precipitation know no boundaries. Consequently, chronic stormwater issues like flooding and compromised water quality can wreak havoc on cities. Fortunately, there are tools that exist to address and help solve challenges created by stormwater. CH2M HILL Vice President and Technology Fellow Laurens van der Tak will be presenting on how these tools and collaboration efforts can lead to better stormwater management outcomes for cities at the Metropolitan Planning Council meeting in Chicago this week.
CH2M HILL is proud to sponsor the IWA/WEF Wastewater Treatment Modelling Seminar being held in Belguim this week. In his latest blog, Dr. Julian Sandino, CH2M HILL Vice President and Technology Senior Fellow, highlights the benefits of wet-weather modelling and the role models play in understanding wet-weather phenomena, as well as how models can help ensure water infrastructure and facilities are designed to handle severe weather events.
Local governments and utilities across the nation are beginning to address the needs for implementing more sustainable stormwater and watershed management strategies. These needs are driven by the necessity to reduce stormwater contributions to combined sewer overflows (CSO), water quality and designated use issues, total maximum daily load requirements, numeric nutrient criteria, and flood risk reductions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the value of a “green” stormwater management approach and is encouraging utilities to consider CSO programs and other sustainable green infrastructure, as well as low impact development programs to minimize the development impact on hydrology. CH2M HILL Principal Technologist Susan Moisio is participating in the Water Environment Federation's 2014 Collection Systems Conference in Baltimore, Maryland this week. She will be sharing a case study on how the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati developed a Wet Weather Improvement Program to manage stormwater in the Upper South Branch Mill Creek community.