UCLA and Northwestern University Develop New Way to Break Down PFAS
Chemists at UCLA and Northwestern University have developed a new and simple way to break down almost a dozen types of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS); this method operates at relatively low temperatures with no harmful byproducts. The group of researchers from UCLA and Northwestern have revealed that in water heated to 176-248 degrees Fahrenheit, common, inexpensive solvents and reagents severed molecular bonds in PFAS. This method initiated a chemical reaction that gradually removed the molecule until it was gone. As a result of the simple technology, comparatively low temperatures, and lack of harmful byproducts, there is no limit to how much water can be processed at one time.
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Help Communities Reduce Vulnerability to Drought
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton announced the allocation of $309.8 million in funding from President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and $1 million in appropriated funding for the planning, design, and construction of water reuse projects across the country. The projects selected are working to advance drought resilience and are expected to increase annual capacity by about 213,000 acrefeet of water. The allocated funding will support local water management agencies with stretching existing drinking water supplies and help to ensure that growing water needs can be met through advanced treatment of wastewater and naturally impaired surface and groundwater.
ASTM International Awards $10,000 Scholarships to Four 2022 Graduate Students
ASTM International has announced the graduate student winners of their four $10,000 scholarships for students studying in fields where technical standards play a crucial role. The scholarship recipients are:
• Diana Wyman, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in fiber and polymer science at North Carolina State University.
• Kennedy Brown, who is working towards a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Vermont.
• Menachem Sokolic, who is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at Rutgers University.
• Sarah Boardman, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in materials science at the Colorado School of Mines.
Rural Community Assistance Partnership Appoints Olga Morales-Pate as New CEO
The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) announces that Olga Morales-Pate was appointed as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Morales-Pate is hailed as an experienced environmental justice and rural community development leader and will succeed interim CEO Keith Ashby, assuming the responsibilities on October 1. Morales-Pate previously held the position of Assistant Director of the Community & Environmental Program at the Rural Community Assistance Corporation, the Western RCAP, where she led a team of 32 individuals.
IAPMO Partners with Pfister on ‘American Plumber Stories’
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) will be partnering with Pfister on season three of its docuseries, American Plumber Stories. Pfister’s online documentary series examines how professionals find their way to careers in the plumbing industry, create livelihoods and families around it, and the challenges facing the industry in drawing new plumbers into the field. With a need to attract the next generation of plumbers into the industry, American Plumber Stories seeks to illustrate the many benefits that come with a career in plumbing.
Laboratory Testing Company Pace Names Nisheet Gupta as EVP and CFO
Nisheet Gupta, an experienced financial leader with more than 25 years of experience, has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Pace. Based in Minneapolis, MN, Pace focuses on testing, analysis, and scientific services in the environmental and life sciences sector. Gupta joins Pace from Apogee Enterprise, Inc., where he served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, and he serves on the board of Innovative International Acquisition Corp.
California’s Water Supply Strategy: Adapting to a Hotter, Drier Future
California, as well as states across the West, are experiencing extreme, sustained drought conditions being caused by hotter, drier weather. To address this problem, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that called on state agencies to create a comprehensive Water Resilience Portfolio, which prioritizes key actions to secure California’s water future. Over the past three years, state leaders in California have earmarked over $8 billion to modernize water infrastructure and management. This investment in California water systems has enabled energy drought responses, improved water conservation, and impacted scores of projects by local water suppliers to become more resilient to current and future droughts.
National Ground Water Association Announces 2022 Industry Award Winners
The National Ground Water Association has announced the recipients if its 2022 Awards of Excellence, Outstanding Groundwater Project Awards, and Sectional Awards. David Henrich, CWD/PI, CVCLD, a long-time member of NGWA, is the recipient of NGWA’s most prestigious award, the Ross L. Oliver Award. Henrich will be receiving this award for his outstanding contributions to the groundwater industry. Additional 2022 NGWA award recipients are:
Awards of Excellence:
• Dr. Peter Dillon of Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec in Adelaide, South Australia – M. King Hubbert Award
• Scott King, PG, P.Geo., LHG, of Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions in Buffalo, NY – Robert Storm Intersectional Cooperation Award
• Dora Taggart of Microbial Insights in Knoxville, TN – Technology Award
• Scott Andres of the Delaware Geological Survey in Newark, DE – Life Member Award
• Mark Kelly, United States Senator, Arizona – Groundwater Protector Award
• David Lipson, Ph.D., PG, of HRS Water Consultants, Inc. in Lakewood, CO – Standard Bearer Award
• Stewart Krause of Wyo-Ben, Inc. in Billings, MT – Manufacturers Special Recognition Award
• Oscar and Christine LaBorde (posthumously) of Wholesale Pump & Supply in Shreveport, LA – Supplier of the Year
Outstanding Groundwater Project Awards:
• 4B Engineering and Consulting, LLC / City of Keizer Risk and Resilience Assessment – Groundwater Protection Project Award
• Arizona Department of Environmental Quality / Expedited Site Characterization and Remediation of PFAS in Groundwater Protects City of Tucson David Henrich Scott King Drinking Water Wellfield – Groundwater Remediation Project Award
• Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois / The Private Well Class – Groundwater Awareness Project Award
• Daniel B Stephens & Associates, Inc / Hopi CARES Water Supply Project – Groundwater Supply Project Award
• LRE Water / Terry Ranch Project – Groundwater Supply Project Award
Lake Erie Communities Standardize Data Collection for Watershed Health
The Lake Erie Volunteer Science Network (LEVSN) is a collaboration of 16 local water quality monitoring programs that was convened by the Cleveland Water Alliance (CWA). They have recently published a set of standards for volunteercollected data that will work to empower communities to tell a new regional story about the health of watersheds and will also support smart environmental education, research, and management. These new standards, named the Lake Erie Baseline Assessment Framework (LEBAF), were developed in conjunction with researchers and decision makers at CWA’s 2022 Lake Erie Citizen Science Summit.
Sargent Appointed as Flomatic’s New Southwestern Territory Representative
Flomatic Corporation has appointed Blake Sargent as its Southwestern Territory Representative. Sargent’s responsibilities encompass sales team leadership, development of new partnerships, and contributing to Flomatic’s sales and business strategies. Sargent will be responsible for leading Flomatic’s sales agents from Arkansas to California. Sargent previously served as a sales agent for Flomatic Valves and territorial manager with DC Sales.
Grand Opening of the Richard W. Schwartz Center for Innovation and Winsupply of Dayton
The grand opening of the Richard W. Schwartz Center for Innovation and the reopening of Winsupply of Dayton demonstrates Winsupply’s continued investment and innovation in Ohio. The new 28,000-square-foot Center for Innovation is located next to Winsupply’s support service campus in Moraine, OH. The goal is for support service teams and a local company to develop, test, and refine innovations in IT solutions, inventory management, warehouse operations, merchandising and product deliveries, customer communications, vendor marketing, and showroom displays. Once testing is complete, these innovations can be rolled out nationwide.
Annabelle M. Rayson wins Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2022
Canadian Annabelle M. Rayson received the prestigious 2022 Stockholm Junior Water Prize for her research on how to treat and prevent harmful algae blooms. HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden announced Rayson as the winner of this award during a ceremony at World Water Week in Stockholm. Harmful algae blooms impact water quality and ecosystem diversity, cause dead zones, and cost the fishing and tourism industries millions of dollars. After watching her father struggle to continue fishing in certain locations because of harmful algae blooms, Rayson began her research in finding a method to prevent them. Rayson learned that biomanipulation was the best method in treating and preventing algae blooms.