Wasteland to parkland: the Cherry Farm/River Road Remediation by JG Goeddertz, JH Kyles, MS Raybuck
Niagara River toxics 2000 by Niagara River Secretariate
Involving youth in water quality issues by J Spisiak
Coarse monomedia filtration: a solution to wet weather flow by BT Smith and KM Miller
Water resources management history project by RD Hennigan
Managing Mercury in Erie County by MC Rossi
People and places
President's message by AJ Zabinski
Executive director's report by P Cerro-Reehil
Fall 2000 Vol. 30, No. 3
Vatche Minassian has joined Blasland, Bouck & Lee, Inc. as a new manager in the firm's White Plains office. Minassian has more than 12 years of experience in civil and environmental engineering and specializes in the planning, design, and construction of wastewater and water treatment facilities. His expertise includes the evaluation of the process equipment and the design of the mechanical process and odor control equipment. He also has background in project management and construction management.
Mr. Minassian has a B.S. in civil engineering from Manhattan College. He is a member of NYWEA and AWWA. Click here for the BBL web site.
Warren H. Jones, president of Jones-MacCrea, Inc., announced a merger-transfer of equipment lines for wastewater treatment processes to AFTEK, Inc. of Rochester. This consolidation of representative services is consistent with industry trends. It combines the resources of two leading technical sales and service firms to provide successive territorial coverage of manufacturers' lines.
To assure an orderly transition and uninterrupted service to plant operators, engineers, contractors, and customers, Warren Jones will work with and handle selected projects for AFTEK from JMI's Syracuse office. Parts and after-market sales for US Filter's Envirex, DAVCO, Link-belt, Intake Systems (Traveling Water Screens), and Diffused Air Products Groups will remain at JMI until further notice. JMI's well-established pump business is not included in this transaction. Sales, replacement parts, and service for the pump lines and worldwide marketing of popular SideCar RBC Aerations systems will continue from JMI's Syracuse location. (JMI, phone 315-478-3119)
Blasland, Bouck & Lee, Inc. has climbed eleven places to number 43 on ENR's ranking of the top environmental firms of 2000. BBL's ranking represents the significant growth the firm has experienced in the last year, according to company spokeswoman Kerri A. Donaleski.
BBL also ranked in the top 20 of ENR's list of the Top Hazardous Waste firms for the second year running and climbed to number 89 on ENR's list of the top 500 Engineering firms of 2000.
Stearns & Wheler Companies announced the appointment of Gerald C. Hook, PE as president/CEO of Stearns & Wheler's Engineering Company, Stearns & Wheler, LLC. Hook has been with Stearns & Wheler for nearly 25 years and begins his new duties January 1, 2001. He succeeds Thomas C. Burkly, PE. Hook has helped the firm become a leader in the water and wastewater fields, and he has been instrumental in developing offices in western New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, and, recently, North Carolina.
Hook has received many awards. In 1988, he received the John Chester Brigham Award for Outstanding Service to the New York Water Pollution Control Association (now known as the New York Water Environment Association). In 1990, he received the ACEC Engineering Excellence Award for design of the Ithaca area wastewater treatment plant. In 1996, he received the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award from the Water Environment Federation for Extraordinary Personal Service to the Water Pollution Control Field.
Hazen and Sawyer Environmental Engineers & Scientists opened an office in Atlanta on September 1, 2000 to serve the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. Charles S. Hocking, PE, a senior associate of the firm, will manage the office. Hocking is highly experienced in managing the planning and design of water and wastewater facilities. His most recent project was the design of Detroit's Conner Creek CSO Facility, with a hydraulic capacity of 8 billion gal/day.
Ashley Mulroy, a high school student from Wheeling, WV won the international Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) for 2000 against national finalists from all over the world. HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden awarded the Prize to the 17-year old at a gala ceremony held August 15 in Stockholm.
Mulroy's winning entry examined how inefficient wastewater treatment processes can lead to antibiotic contamination in American waterways; her research also addressed progressive resistance among bacteria to the same antibiotics (penicillin and tetracycline, for example) that once controlled them. In particular, she researched their presence in a stretch of the Ohio River and two tributary systems. The SJWP jury cited her strong scientific research in an innovative and important subject area. The title of her entry was "Correlating Residual Antibiotic Contamination in Public Water to the Drug Resistance of Escherichia coli."
"It was a real honor and pleasure to see Ashley win this prestigious award tonight," said WEF President Al Goodman from Stockholm. "Her hard work yielded an in-depth investigation that is sophisticated and a real contribution to the cutting-edge water quality issue of antibiotic contamination in surface waters." WEF and ITT Industries co-sponsor the SJWP in North America; ITT is the international sponsor.
The SJWP was established in 1993 to engage and support
the interest of young people in water environment
issues at the regional, national, and international
levels. The prize includes $5,000 and is awarded
annually to high school students who have contributed
to water conservation and improvement through
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