Across the U.S., experts are seeing a rising influx of work in the water, wastewater and stormwater markets, as many projects that were previously postponed due to a lack of funding are now moving forward.
Related Links: EPA Releases Framework to Give Cities More Flexibility in Managing Wastewater EPA Press Release on the Agreement Seattle and King County, Wash., will invest in multiyear sewage and combined stormwater collection upgrades, including piping and treatment, under agreements that were reached on April 16 with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington State Dept. of Ecology.The agreements will substantially reduce the amount of sewage and contaminated stormwater entering Puget Sound and pave the way for greater use of green infrastructure projects.Under its agreement, Seattle will develop and implement a long-term control plan—at an estimated cost of $500
Courtesy Britt Crow The entrances to the tunnels under the Yellow River, near Zhengzhou, were completed in December 2011. Related Links: Megaprojects: South-to-North Water Transfer Project Feature: World Water Day 2012 Chinas South-North Water Transfer Project: A Means to a Political End The Chinese government says its contractors are on schedule to complete this month the first phase of the $62-billion South-North Water Diversion Project. Originally proposed by Chairman Mao Zedong in 1952, the SNWDP is a large-scale water-transfer project that will convey water from the Yangtze River and its tributaries in southern China to the Yellow and Hai rivers
The Lake Agassiz Water Authority board voted unanimously in September to study further a $781-million water-pipeline project proposal that would deliver water from the Missouri River to communities in eastern North Dakota's Red River Valley.
+ Image Sierra Club Proposals for six coal export terminals in the Northwest are concerning environmentalists and some regulators. Related Links: Activists Rally Against Proposed Coal Export Terminals Coal Facilities Face Challenges Environmental resistance is mounting against six coal export terminals proposed for sites in Oregon and Washington. The terminals would receive shipments from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming that would go to Asian markets where coal-fired energy is in high demand.State officials and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are asking the Army Corps of Engineers for a "cumulative" review of all the facilities' environmental and traffic-congestion
Philadelphia and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed an agreement in April that paves the way for $2 billion in green infrastructure investment over the next 25 years for controlling combined-sewer overflows, or CSOs, and managing stormwater more sustainably.