December 2012, Vol. 24, No.12


In-Situ ® Inc. (Fort Collins, Colo.), a provider of water monitoring technology, partnered with Onset Computer Corp. (Bourne, Mass.) for the use of its RDO® (rugged dissolved oxygen) sensor technology. 


John J. Smith has joined CH2M Hill (Denver) as an environmental engineer in the Environmental Services Business Group. Smith will assist the company with its federal and commercial business development, focusing on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and potential international clients. He has more than 30 years of experience working for EPA, primarily in hazardous waste remediation. 


Mesa Consolidated Water District (Costa Mesa, Calif.) won a PROTOS Award for the first time in the district’s history from the Orange County Chapter of Public Relations Society of America, which annually acknowledges the area’s top public relations programs and practitioners. Mesa Water was recognized for outstanding achievement in the Community  Relations/Institutional Programs category for its 2011 campaign “Hello: My Name is Mesa Water.” 

The district also hired Phil Lauri as district engineer. Lauri is responsible for managing engineering projects; planning cross-connection control; and directing the design, construction, and inspection of the district’s water system. He also will work with other departments within the district to identify and implement strategic planning. 


Badger Meter (Milwaukee) donated $5000 to the Water Buffalos in support of efforts to construct and maintain safe, reliable drinking water systems in developing countries worldwide. The Water Buffalos include more than 40 members from the global water and wastewater industry who share a passion for motorcycles and the belief that everyone deserves access to clean drinking water. They solicit contributions from companies and individuals for Water For People (Denver), an international nonprofit devoted to helping villages build and maintain safe water systems. 


Jack Jackson, an employee of Sensus (Raleigh, N.C.), has received the American Water Works Association George Anderson Award. The award is given to an individual who actively advances the science of water meters through design innovation, meter operations, management, or training of others. Jackson developed many of the Sensus meters and technologies, and created the curriculum for and taught courses on large meter testing. 


Harry E. Grenawitzke received the Walter F. Snyder Environmental Health Award from NSF International (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and the National Environmental Health Association (Denver). Grenawitzke was honored for his more than 40 years of contributions to the fields of public and environmental health at the international, federal, state, and local levels. The award is given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of environmental health. 


GE (Trevose, Pa.) and water technology developer memsys clearwater Pte. Ltd. entered into an agreement to jointly develop membrane distillation technology for the fast-growing  unconventional resources marketplace, including shale gas, coal seam gas, and other unconventional fuels recovered by hydraulic fracturing. Under the terms of the agreement, GE will invest in testing the technology and in return receive an exclusive license for the use of the technology in these applications; memsys is based in both Germany and Singapore. 


The Calgon Carbon Corp. (Pittsburgh) board of directors has appointed Randall S. Dearth as its new president and CEO. The board also appointed Seth E. Schofield as its independent chairman. 


Ecosphere Technologies Inc. (Stuart, Fla.), a diversified water engineering, technology licensing, and environmental services company, appointed Ocean Tomo (Chicago), a property valuation,  research, investment, risk management, and transactions company, as its global licensing advisor. Ocean Tomo will work closely with Ecosphere to assist in developing and implementing a global
licensing program for its patented Ozonix technology and related products.


Atkins (San Diego), an engineering and design firm, received the 2012 Award of Excellence in Wastewater Collection and Treatment from the American Society of Civil Engineers (Reston, Va.), San Diego section. The company was honored for design of the City of Del Mar, Calif., 21st Street Pump Station project. The pump station prevents wastewater from spilling onto Pacific Ocean beaches and into the San Dieguito Lagoon. Project manager Carmen Kasner also was recognized during the awards ceremony. 

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI; Stockholm) has been named the 2012 Prince Albert II of Monaco Water Award laureate in recognition of its contributions on water issues. SIWI is an international policy institute that contributes to international efforts to combat the world’s escalating water crisis. 


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