ASCE expands zero-tolerance policy for corruption

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) adopted an amendment to its 92-year-old Code of Ethics that further expanded its zero tolerance policy for bribery and corruption.

IECA issues position statements

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) recently issued position statements regarding stormwater management and the distinction between natural and human-accelerated erosion.

Half Dome hike unites employees

In June, a group of employees at engineering, planning, and surveying firm Cannon Associates—called Loose Cannons—completed a 17-mile, roundtrip hike up Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.

Context-sensitive design complements historic heritage

The Route 18 Extension, Section 2A highway project in Piscataway Township, N.J., was named the 2006 Project of the Year by the American Society of Highway Engineers, North Central New Jersey Section.

Ozone treatment disinfects stormwater

The American Public Works Association recognized the city of Dana Point, Calif.’s Salt Creek Urban Runoff Treatment Facility as one of its Public Works Projects of the Year for 2006.

Test excavation speeds utility relocation

The U.S. DOT’s Federal Highway Administration presented its 2006 Utility Outstanding Achievement Award to Frank Huber, P.E., for his work on the New Jersey Route 21 reconstruction project in Newark.

Retrofit project doubles treatment plant capacity without shut down

New Mexico Water Service Company completed the first wastewater retrofit project of its kind at the company’s Rio Del Oro Wastewater Treatment Facility in the Rio Del Oro area between Belen and Los Lunas.

IECA director dies in helicopter crash

International Erosion Control Association Board Director Carol Forrest, CPESC, CPSWQ, P.E., was killed on Aug. 13 in a helicopter crash outside of Astoria, Ore. Forrest was taking part in "Flight of Discovery," an aerial expedition to study the environmental and cultural changes along the Lewis and Clark trail.

Also killed in the crash was the pilot, Petor Simpson, and photographer Michael Lilburn.

The team was on a preparatory flight when one of two helicopters crashed about a mile off the Oregon Coast. At press time, the cause of the crash was unknown, but weather was believed to have been a factor. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Milestone reached in New York's massive water tunnel project

Earlier this month, crews working more than 500 feet beneath New York's streets broke through the final inches of rock for Water Tunnel No. 3, an 8.5-mile-long section of what is considered the biggest public works project in the city's history.

The project, encompassing nearly 60 miles of storage and delivery tunnels, and costing an estimated $6 billion, was first authorized in 1954. Construction of stage one-a 13-mile-long tunnel that travels west from the Bronx into Upper Manhattan and into Central Park-began in 1970 and was completed in 1998. Water Tunnel No. 3 is part of stage two, connecting Midtown and Lower Manhattan to the earlier work under Central Park, which is scheduled to be completed in 2012.

According to city officials, completion of the entire project will nearly double the capacity of New York's water supply, which is currently 1.2 billion gallons per day.

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