ASTM schedules exploratory meeting on stormwater control measures

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

ASTM will host an October 1 virtual meeting to potentially seed a technical committee tasked with developing standards for stormwater control measures. Standards could support efforts to reduce pollution from runoff; create uniform testing, verification, and certification programs; and, unify varied stakeholders. 

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Investor positions StormTrap for increased shipments, broader reach

Sources: Warren Equity Partners, Houston; CP staff

A lower middle market private equity fund with infrastructure and maintenance business investments has taken a controlling interest in StormTrap LLC, a Romeoville, Ill., precast producer and licensor of stormwater harvesting, storage and treatment technology. Warren Equity acquired the stake from the Hawken family, which founded StormTrap in 2002. The Hawkens invested alongside the fund and will remain on the board of directors.

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Kiewit, CH2M veteran leads Oldcastle Infrastructure Regulatory group

Sources: Oldcastle Infrastructure, Atlanta; CP staff

Oldcastle Infrastructure has designated a Regulatory Management group to support its Stormwater product line. Director of Engineering Jay Holtz, PE will transition in the same capacity to lead a team dedicated to enhancing the regulatory environment for treatment and storage solutions, and sustaining product line growth.

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Report connects stormwater harvesting to ‘sustainability dividends’

Source: Arcadis U.S. Inc., Highlands Ranch, Colo.

More than half of water utility leaders have yet to embrace innovation and risk missing out on important “sustainability dividends,” according to “Empowering Water Utility Innovation,” a new report released ahead of the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition, June 11-15 in Philadelphia.

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EPA grant seeds Water Infrastructure Modeling Research Center

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

A $3.9 million federal grant will enable University of Texas at Austin (UT) to create a research center for sustainable water infrastructure modeling. As cities around the country struggle to manage flooding and pollution from stormwater runoff, “UT will help develop sustainable solutions to 21st century water problems, while working with communities to promote green infrastructure,” affirms EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry.

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EPA’s RainWorks Challenge brings pavement, harvesting practice to school

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

Registration continues through September 30 for EPA’s fifth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, where college and university student teams use campuses as labs to develop green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience.

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ASTM Eyes Catch Basin Filters Standard

A proposed ASTM International standard will offer a means to reduce the impact of contaminated stormwater entering local drains. WK45326, Specification for Stormwater Catch Basin Filter, will aid community developments, sports facilities, fairgrounds, stadiums and factories in complying with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean water initiatives.

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NPCA PROJECTS 6 PERCENT SHIPMENT GROWTH AS PUBLIC WORKS MARKET INCHES BACK

Based on data from its recently released Precast Industry Benchmarking Report and leading forecasters, National Precast Concrete Association sees U.S. producers’ business increasing this year to $16.8 billion from $15.9 billion in 2013, the 6 percent gain modest against higher overall construction growth in 2014.

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