Water Use in Shale Production

CH2Mer Michael Dunkel recently sat down with Laura Capper, founder and CEO of CAP Resources and host of “The Energy Makers Show”, to discuss opportunities for transforming the upstream energy water business, as well as the state of shale plays, water management, logistics, economies of scale, best practices, disposal and trucking minimization and operator/regulator collaboration.

Taking the High Road leads to more and better infrastructure in the United States

In today's Access Water blog, CH2Mer Mike Matichich shares the first in a series of white papers, released this week by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), as part of a study commissioned by the Ford Foundation to identify ways to accelerate implementation of High Road infrastructure projects. High Road projects are ones that address important community needs, such as transportation improvements and providing quality water and sewer service, while also providing important social benefits like creating meaningful jobs for local low-income residents and using local contractors.

Global Experience with Coastal Resilience

Coastal communities are facing unprecedented challenges as populations continue to increase at unprecedented rates, and more people are moving to coastal cities. Today, according to the United Nations, more than half the world’s population live in coastal zones and three quarters of large cities are on the coast. With present day flooding and coastal erosion hazards set to be exacerbated by future climate change, the risks facing coastal populations and infrastructure will increase. Aging flood and coastal protection infrastructure is further exacerbating these challenges, as structures reach the end of their useful life, and no longer offer the standard of protection they are designed for. In today's Access Water blog, CH2M Global Technology Leader for Water Resources and Ecosystem Management Adam Hosking highlights these trends taking shape in coastal communities and discusses our integrated approach to implementing multi-dimensional coastal resilience solutions to protect people and property in coastal communities around the world.

Recharging groundwater in the City of Fresno

Brian presented his paper, “Using Optimizing Modeling for Transmission Mains to Find Cost Savings for the Recharge Fresno Program,”at the American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition, held June 19-22, in Chicago, Illinois. Brian’s presentation reviewed CH2M’s optimization model used to help the City of Fresno reduce overall costs of constructing a large conveyance system to alleviate its groundwater depletion. Brian also presented on “Developing a Regional Water Conservation Program for the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District,” and “Incorporating Uncertainty in Water Demand Forecasts Increases Confidence,” in addition to moderating the session, “21st Century Water Conservation & Sustainability.”

Thermal Hydrolysis Offerings and Performance

The wastewater industry has entered an exciting time, as new technologies are making it economically feasible to exploit resources, such as sewage sludge, which has traditionally been considered a problematic waste. Today, with the advancements being made, sewage sludge is seen as a resource which can be recovered and used for its high energy and nutrient content. CH2M's Global Wastewater Service Team Deputy Leader Todd Williams explores a specific example of technology changing the way resources are recovered to help with managing biosolids - thermal hydrolysis technology.