Worth Noting - August 2014

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John Lundell, the mayor of Coralville, received an honor from the Iowa Stormwater Education Program for his local leadership efforts in water-quality issues and for the installation of green infrastructure practices for stormwater management within the City of Coralville.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced the winners of its second annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a design challenge created to engage college and university students in reinventing water infrastructure and developing innovative green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience to climate change. Winners include:

  • University of Florida, first place, Master Plan Category
  • Kansas State University, first place, Site Design Category
  • Michigan State University, second place, Master Plan Category
  • Mississippi State University, second place, Site Design Category
  • University of Texas-Austin, honorable mention, Master Plan Category
  • Purdue University, honorable mention, Master Plan Category
  • Kansas State University (team II), honorable mention, Site Design Category
  • University of Maryland, honorable mention, Site Design Category

The American Public Works Association announced its 2014 Top Ten Public Works Leaders. Award recipients include:

  • David Derrick, public works director, City of Kissimmee, Fla.
  • Terry Cox, city manager/city engineer/public works director, City of Harlan, Iowa
  • Joseph Fennell, executive director, Northwest Suburban Municipal Joint Action Water Agency, Elk Grove Village, Ill.
  • Ken Grehm, director of public works, Placer County Department of Public Works, Auburn, Calif.
  • L. Tracy Mercer, public utilities director, City of Clearwater, Fla.
  • Lisa Ann Rapp, director of public works, City of Lakewood, Calif.
  • Stephanie Reid, city engineer, City of Lincoln City, Ore.
  • Bonnie Teaford, Public Works Director, City of Burbank, Calif.
  • Carl J. Weber, director of public works, City of Janesville, Wis.
  • Daniel Woldesenbet, director, Alameda County Public Works Agency, Hayward, Calif.

John Michaux, the public works director for Oak Island, N.C., received the Oak Island Beach Preservation Society’s highest honor, the Royal Starfish Award, for his ongoing work to improve the town’s environment, which includes efforts to reduce stormwater pollution.

The City of New Braunfels (Texas) was honored with an American Planning Association Excellence in Small Town and Rural Planning John Keller Award for an Outstanding Planning Initiative for the New Braunfels Stormwater Management Strategy. The award honors an outstanding initiative or program in public education, workshops, ordinances or enforcement that promotes planning in small towns and rural areas.

Water Environment Services, on behalf of Clackamas County Service District No. 1 and Tri-City Service District, received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. Water Environment Services, based in Oregon, coordinates stormwater management, among other things, in its area.

Middlesex, North Middleton and South Middleton townships in Cumberland County, along with Carlisle Borough, received the Excellence in Intergovernmental Cooperation Award from the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. The association established the award to honor communities that work together to find creative ways to complete projects and provide services more efficiently and cost-effectively. The municipalities received the award for participating in the Letort Spring Run Sustainable Stormwater Pilot Project.

American Society of Civil Engineers

The ASCE is offering the following courses:

  • Aug. 20 – Stream Restoration Bioengineered Retaining Walls for Riverbank Stabilization, online
  • Aug. 25 – The Pricing of Delay Costs for Construction Projects, online
  • Sept. 18-19 – Project Management, Arlington, Va.
  • Sept. 25-26 – Financial Management for the Professional Engineer, Las Vegas
  • Sept. 25-26 – Pumping Systems Design for Civil Engineers, Rapid City, S.D.
  • Sept. 25 – The Ethics of Leadership, online

Visit www.asce.org.


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is offering the following courses:

  • Sept. 16 – Confined-Space Entry, Wauwatosa
  • Sept. 17 – Permit-Required Confined-Space Entry, Plover
  • Oct. 27-31 – Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention, Madison
  • Dec. 9 – General Safety, Plover

Visit http://dnr.wi.gov.


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