Kaspersen on the Fly Ash Spill

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Erosion Control magazine's editor, Janice Kaspersen, has published an entry on her blog about the massive fly ash spill in Kingston, Tennessee. She seeks comment from the field regarding the implications of the spill on future construction and fly ash use, cleanup strategies, and affiliated topics. Learn more here.;

TenCate in China

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TenCate Geosynthetics is to open a plant in China this week. On Friday, June 13, parent company Royal TenCate, which is based in the Netherlands, will officially open the plant in Zhuhai. The plant's production will concentrate on markets in India and China and employ about 150 people. Learn more here.;

What to Do on the Chesapeake?

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Maryland's Chesapeake Bay is undergoing an extensive restoration, but lawmakers are sitting on $50 million and haggling about how to use it. They would like to find census on how to spend it, what erosion control methods would work best, and how they can more fully track nitrogen and phosphorus reductions of runoff. Learn more here.;

IGS News 27.3 Now Available

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The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has published its third issue of IGS News for 2011. Issue 27.3 includes a lead editorial from IGS President Jorge Zornberg on IGS's relationship with international sister societies (which includes an interesting comparative table on memberships, chapters, and technical committees), a call for IGS Council members, a chapters activity report, news on the October 2011 memorandum of understanding between IGS and ICID, event reports, and much more. And don't forget to submit your photo to the 2nd IGS Photo Competition. Read the issue here (PDF).

2017 IAGI Installation Awards Winners

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During Geotechnical Frontiers 2017, the International Association of Geosynthetic Installers announced the winners of its 2017 IAGI Installation Awards. The not-for-profit geotechnical organization is dedicated to bettering geosynthetic installation and construction...

New Man on Levee Safety Committee

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Les Harder of HDR’s Folsom office has been appointed as a private sector representative to the National Committee on Levee Safety and will participate in the group’s first meeting to be held near Washington, D.C. Oct. 7 to 10. Read about his appointment over at Erosion Control magazine's revamped website. Learn more here.;

Congratulations, Joel Sprague and Grace Hsuan

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Two of the geosynthetics field's most respected figures, Joel Sprague and Grace Hsuan, were honored on Thursday, June 15, at the ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics meetings in...

EPA Approves Cleanup Plan for Remaining Coal Ash at Kingston TVA Site

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 today has approved the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) selected cleanup plan for the next phase of coal ash removal at the TVA Kingston site in Roane County, Tenn. The cleanup plan requires TVA to permanently store on site all of the ash being removed from the Swan Pond Embayment. The embayment area will then be restored to conditions that protect human health and the environment. After careful review of all comments received between January and April, TVA, EPA and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), agreed that the selected cleanup plan provides the best option to protect public health and the environment. According to the release, for the new perimeter dike TVA "will place dry ash atop an engineered base layer of sand, gravel and geo-fabric."

Pacific Gold Corp. – Black Rock Canyon Update

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The Company has been preparing the Black Rock Canyon Mine for production. During the first and second quarters of 2011 work has included: road preparation, plumbing for the geotextile tubes, electrical work, additional fencing and enhanced security measures. The Company is also making repairs that are necessary prior to production to one of its water wells.

Ending Poverty in Africa with Infrastructure

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Over on the World Bank's blog regarding reducing poverty in Africa, today's post pertains to the role infrastructure can play and the challenges to that idea. A side-event at the United Nations on-going Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) took place on September 22 and focused on "Scaling up Africa’s infrastructure to meet the MDGs." The writer of the post notes that the discussion on infrastructure's potential role was unusual for three reasons. Read more. Learn more here.;

Live and On-Demand Engineering Webinars in December

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As the calendar year winds down, professional development opportunities such as engineering webinars are utilized more. For some, these sessions provide needed PDHs. For others, it is simply...

TRI Environmental Inc. Named Official Audit Support Laboratory for Geosynthetic Institute GAI-LAP Accreditation Program

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Dr. George Koerner, Director Designate of the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI), has announced that the GSI Board of Directors has selected TRI Environmental as its official support laboratory for the Geosynthetic Accreditation Institute - Laboratory Accreditation Program (GAI-LAP). Since its creation in 1995, GAI-LAP has grown steadily to include 19 independent, 26 manufacturing quality control, and 4 research/governmental laboratories. Each lab participates in annual proficiency testing and quinquennial on-site audits. Learn more.

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Andy Durham, Propex GeoSolutions

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Andy Durham of Propex GeoSolutions discusses TRM durability and UV performance in erosion and sediment control materials--part of the company's "Are you sure?" campaign to improve engineering and construction...

EPA Announces $600 Million for Superfund Projects

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On 15 April 2009, US EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced $600 million in new funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for the cleanup of hazardous waste (Superfund) sites across the nation. In most cases, this recovery act funding will accelerate the hazardous waste cleanup already underway at the sites and fund new clean-up projects. It will also jumpstart the local economy by creating jobs in the site areas. (Continued.)

Western Environmental Liner Recommends Reinforced Products over Un-Reinforced Products for Most Applications

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Western Environmental Liner, an online supplier of custom fabricated pond liners, PVC liners, pit liners, field liners, canal liners and polypropylene liners,has been recommending reinforced products over un-reinforced products for most common applications. Their reinforced polyethylene also known as the Aqua seriesconsists of a very strong high density polyethylene scrim coated with a low density polyethylene coating. Western Environmental Liner's Aqua series consists of the best woven coated reinforced polyethylene available in the market today. The Aqua series has excellent tear and good u.v. resistance, excellent for long term applications. These products often make for a perfect pond liner.

Sven Schröer on Agricultural Water Security

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In the April 2015 issue of Irrigation Leader, North Carolina-based HUESKER inc.’s CEO Sven Schröer was interviewed for the publication’s “Business Leaders” section. The interview, which begins on Page...

EPA Releases Electric Utility Plans to Improve Safety of Coal Ash Impoundments

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released action plans developed by 22 electric utility facilities with coal ash impoundments, describing the measures the facilities are taking to make their impoundments safer. In addition to the action plans released today, EPA is also releasing assessment reports on the structural integrity of an additional 40 coal ash impoundments at 16 facilities across the country. Most of the 40 impoundments have a rating of "high" or "significant" hazard potential, indicating the potential for harm in the event of impoundment failure. Read more.

D35 on Geosynthetics Terminology Revised

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ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has revised D4439, "Standard Terminology for Geosynthetics." Learn more here.;

Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) Announces 2012 – 2013 Fellowships

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The Geosynthetic Institute is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2012–2013 academic year GSI Fellowship Awards. In order to be eligible, students must: focus on a geosynthetic topic; have passed his/her candidacy examination leading to a doctorial degree; and be recommended by his/her major advisor. The GSI Board of Directors made the selections from a number of proposals from universities around the world. Announcements for the sixth year of the program will appear this winter, as well as being announced on the institute's website at www.geosynthetic-institute.org. Read more.

EPA Announces $106 Million for Wastewater Infrastructure in Wisconsin

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In a move that stands to create jobs, boost local economies, improve aging water infrastructure and protect human health and the environment for people in the State of Wisconsin, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $105,948,300 million to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This new infusion of money provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will help the state and local governments finance many of the overdue improvements to wastewater projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment across the state.

GeoAmericas 2016 Abstracts Deadline Extended to April 10

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As is always the case, a crush of abstracts is received right at the deadline … along with many requests for an extension. In light of this, and to...

Geosynthetics 2013 Issues First Call for Proposals

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The bienniel Geosynthetics conference series continues 1-4 April 2013 in Long Beach, California. This event will be co-located with the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) annual Southwest Geotechnical Engineers Conference and the Geosynthetic Institute's (GSI) 25th Geosynthetic Research Institute conference (GRI–25). Geosynthetics 2013 has issued a call for proposals for short courses, panel discussions, and technical papers. Deadline for submission: 1 February 2012.

D35 on Geotextile Bags

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ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has announced a new standard: D7701, "Standard Test Method for Determining the Flow Rate of Water and Suspended Solids from a Geotextile Bag." In the "Significance and Use" section on D35's page, the committee notes, "This test method may be used as an aid to design geotextile container systems that contain fine-grained, high water content slurries such as dredged materials to meet special environmental or operational requirements. This test is often used to demonstrate the efficacy of geotextile dewatering to regulatory agencies in determining the amount of dredged material sediment passing through a geotextile and the flow rate for specific high water content materials." Learn more here.;

Icopal, the Olympics and Japanese Knotweed

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Crain's Manchester Business publication, in a short article on Manchester, UK-based firms seeking further tenders with the London Olympics construction, has mentioned the use of geomembrane in the Olympic park. Icopal supplied 10,000 m2 to control Japanese knotweed. The firm is now awaiting word on new contracts. Learn more here.;

Pond Liner for Apple Valley

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Apple Valley (Minnesota) will build the new Whitney pond this summer on land owned by Burnsville in Lac Lavon Park. The pond, expected to be completed by November, also will have a walking trail around it. The 2-acre pond will have a liner to prevent contaminated water from seeping into the surrounding lakes. Learn more here.;