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Aries Industries has been instrumental in helping the Chilean government successfully locate a group of trapped minors using an Aries deep well camera system. The families and rescuers of 33 trapped Chilean miners were finally able to view their loved ones due to the Aries’ camera. The camera system has been used in coal mine disasters in this country and was made available to Chilean rescuers.

WERF is now accepting proposals under the cooperative agreement Innovation and Research for Water Infrastructure for the 21st Century. More than $1 million in total funding is available for research that will generate innovative technologies, techniques, and tools to assist or improve sustainable management, operations and maintenance, and replacement of aging infrastructure in the wastewater and stormwater sectors. Proposal packages must be received by 4 p.m. EDT, Friday, Oct. 29, 2010.

Organized by the Ontario Regional Common Gound Alliance (ORCGA), this year’s Locate Rodeo in Ontario, Canada on June 25 was open to locate technicians throughout Ontario. Up to 40 technicians were invited to display their skills locating in once category, either gas, power, telecom and water categories. Technicians using Radiodetection locators swept the board in gas and water and took first and second place in telecom and second and third in the power divisions.

Gary Montgomery, chairman of the board of Montgomery & Barnes Inc., a Houston-based civil engineering and consulting services firm, announce that President Wendell (Buddy) Barnes is now majority owner. This has enabled the firm to qualify as a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). Montgomery will remain as chairman of the board.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Early in 2011, ownership and operation of the water and wastewater utilities of the city of Indianapolis will shift from the city to a charitable trust, the Citizens Energy Group, which was established more than 123 years ago by the municipal code as the department of utilities.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

When President Obama came out with his “bold” vision for renewing and expanding infrastructure in America, it was much lauded by the White House as a plan that combines a long-term vision for the country’s infrastructure future with new investments.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

In many American cities, the sanitary sewer laterals that connect homes and commercial structures to sewer main lines have been allowed to deteriorate and become a significant source of sewer system inflow and infiltration (I&I), along with other problems.

CG/LA Infrastructure LLC, the world leader in infrastructure project identification and development, announced recently the release of the top 100 infrastructure projects in North America. The total estimated value of these projects is nearly $465 billion with a potential to create nearly 7 million full-time employment positions over the coming five years.

Despite criticism of his company's proposed, nearly 2000-mile pipeline, Robert Jones, vice president, Keystone Pipelines, TransCanada Corporation, says he is very confident that the U.S. State Department will approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Black & Veatch has released the results of its sixth 50 Largest Cities Water and Wastewater Rate Survey, a resource for water and wastewater utilities. The survey highlights customer charges for water and sewer service for residential, industrial and commercial customers.

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