April Newsline: Development Through Sewer Upgrades; Obama Proposes Infrastructure Bank and More

April 2009 Vol. 64 No. 4

Under the proposed budget, the bank would be set up with initial funding of $5 billion in the fiscal year starting on Oct. 1. It would then receive $25 billion up to 2019.

Paul L. Bush Award nominations open

The Water Environment Research Foundation, through the Paul L. Busch Award, is offering $100,000 to encourage researchers working in wastewater, water reuse, biosolids, stormwater, watersheds, and other areas to use their imagination, take risks, explore new directions, and ultimately realize the possibilities inherent in their valuable work.

The annual Paul L. Busch award is one of the largest in the water quality industry. Now in its ninth year, the award has supported researchers imbued with the visionary spirit of its namesake, a leader in the water quality community who challenged engineers and scientists to devise new technologies and solutions for addressing ongoing water quality issues.

Recent recipients are already addressing many of the growing concerns of today’s communities, such as maintaining healthy waters in which we fish, swim and play; improving energy efficiency to reduce greenhouse gasses and improve the air we breathe; and assuring that we are prepared to address new challenges as they arise.

The WERF Endowment for Innovation in Applied Water Quality Research grants the award to an individual or team. Utilities, universities, environmental firms and others conducting water quality research or engineering work are encouraged to apply. Applicants may self-nominate or be nominated by a third party.

Interested individuals or teams must submit their application to WERF by June 1, 2009. All submissions should be sent to the Water Environment Research Foundation, Paul L. Busch Award, 635 Slaters Lane, Ste. 300, Alexandria, VA 22314. For more information, visit www.werf.org/PaulLBusch.

Contractors score 1,100+ miles of new pipeline construction