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The American Public Works Association announced its Top 10 Public Works Leaders of the Year list for 2017. The program recognizes the outstanding career service achievements of individual public works professionals from both the public and private sectors in North America. Recipients include:

  • David Fabiano, town engineer, Gilbert, Arizona;
  • Lee Gustafson, senior project manager, WSB & Associates Inc., Minneapolis;
  • Patricia Hilderbrand, division manager/coordination services, Public Works Department, Kansas City, Missouri;
  • Richard Howard, Public Works director, city of Orlando, Florida;
  • Paul May, chief engineer, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation, Markham, Ontario;
  • Robert Newman, director of Public Works, city of Santa Clarita, California;
  • Jeanne Nyquist, president, Nyquist & Associates Inc., Tigard, Oregon;
  • Darren Schulz, director of Public Works, city of Carson City, Nevada;
  • Kevin Sheppard, Public Works director, city of Manchester, New Hampshire;
  • Larry Stevens, project director, HR Green Inc., Johnston, Iowa.

The Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District was named a finalist for the Clair A. Hill Water Agency Award for its Stormwater Capture and Groundwater Recharge Project. The award is presented by the Association of California Water Agencies. The Yolo County project diverts stormwater into the district’s existing 160-mile unlined irrigation canal for percolation into the groundwater basin.

The village of Homer Glen will receive $521,704 in grant funding from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The funds will be used to pay for about 60 percent of the Heritage Park project for water quality and drainage-related work. The village said the work will reduce stormwater volume and nonpoint source pollution discharged to Long Run Creek by converting two of the existing ponds into two expanded, large stormwater wetlands (totaling 26.7 acres) as well as the construction of a 950-foot-long bioswale. Construction of the wetland basins and bioswale will include excavation and the installation of deep-rooted native vegetation and wetland plantings, and will be designed to filter, retain and infiltrate stormwater.

The city of Gardnerville, Nevada, will receive a Community Block Grant for $539,350 that will be used for a stormwater detention basin project.

Talbot County (Maryland) received a 2017 Innovation and Leadership in Watershed Protection and Restoration Award from the Center for Watershed Protection. The county was honored because of its leadership in testing new technologies to reduce stormwater pollution to local waterways at a lower cost.

The town of Garner and PEG Media Partners received the North Carolina Source Water Protection Award of Excellence for their stormwater education public service announcements. The PSAs focus on pet waste, illicit discharges and pollution prevention tips for homeowners. The videos were primarily the work of Garner stormwater engineer Jaclyn Sumner and PEG Media Partners videographer, editor and director Adam Carroll. Town staff also participated in the projects.

A green project by an interdisciplinary team of City College of New York students won the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s fifth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge. Tasked with designing an innovative green infrastructure project that effectively manages stormwater runoff while benefitting the campus community and environment, the five-member City College team devised the “Castor Project.” The plan calls for increasing tree canopy 15 percent by adding 89 trees and impervious area 38 percent by adding 23,000 square feet of permeable surface.
Students on the team include Agata Bugala, Uziel Crescenzi, Alexander Fenichell, Deanna Greene and Lawrence Vulis. Faculty advisers were Naresh Devineni and Krish Ramalingam.



The American Water Works Association is offering a seminar titled Effective Utility Management on Sept. 21-22 in Orlando. Visit www.awwa.org.


The University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering Essentials of Hydraulics for Civil and Environmental Professionals seminar on Oct. 11-13 in Madison. Visit epd.wisc.edu.


  • Aug. 4-6 American Society of Civil Engineers’ Younger Member Leadership Symposium, ASCE Headquarters, Reston, Virginia. Visit www.asce.org.
  • Aug. 6-9 American Society of Civil Engineers’ Pipelines Conference, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix. Visit www.asce.org.
  • Aug. 27-30 American Public Works Association PWX (Public Works Expo), Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. Visit www.apwa.net.
  • Aug. 27-31 StormCon: North American Surface Water Quality Conference & Exposition, Meydenbauer Center, Seattle. Visit www.stormcon.com.
  • Sept. 18-20 National Rural Water Association WaterPro Conference, Reno, Nevada. Visit www.nrwa.org.
  • Oct. 8-11 American Society of Civil Engineers 2017 Convention, New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans. Call 800/548-2723 or visit www.asce.org.
  • Oct. 17-20 National Utility Contractors Association Fall Leadership Conference, Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Visit www.nuca.com.
  • Oct. 25-27 WJTA-IMCA Conference & Expo, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans. Visit www.wjta.org.
  • Oct. 30-Nov. 2 American Water Works Association Water Infrastructure Conference & Exposition, Westin Galleria Houston, Houston. Visit www.awwa.org.
  • Nov. 5-9 American Water Resources Association Annual Conference, Red Lion on the River-Jantzen Beach Hotel, Portland, Oregon. Visit www.awra.org.
  • Nov. 6-9 American Society of Civil Engineers’ Operation & Maintenance of Stormwater Control Measures, Denver. Visit www.asce.org.


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