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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has approved financial assistance totaling $60,695,198 as follows:

Load and resistance factor design methodology developed by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials plays a key role in a proposed ASTM standard on the design of culverts and storm drains.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced four new OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers and the renewal of 24 existing OTI Education Centers. Current OTI Education Centers offer training courses on OSHA standards and occupational safety and health issues.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a Mississippi construction company with two willful and one serious safety violation following an inspection of two trenches where workers were relocating gas and water pipelines along a state highway.

Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E., LS., F.ASCE, chief executive officer at the publicly owned Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) in the Portland, OR, metro area, was recently installed as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) along with local utilities and others in the clean water community came together to celebrate 40 years of accomplishments under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and to call for a new vision to ensure further water quality progress.

The trustees that comprise the board of the newly established National Teamsters Pipeline Pension Fund met on Sept. 28 at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) in Washington, DC, to discuss final stages for setting up the fund and other organizational matters. This pension fund will provide benefits for Teamsters who are pipeline workers.

Improving the quality of wastewater service is daunting in the face of the challenges posed by aging of the networks of pipes and pumping stations; over 800,000 miles of water pipe and 600,000 miles of wastewater infrastructure with some components over 100 years old.

Neil Kevin Shwery, 59, passed away Sept. 5 at his home in Cloverdale, BC. Employed at Masterliner Inc. for more than 26 years, most currently as a salesman, Shwery was instrumental in overseeing many innovative product developments.

Godwin, a Xylem brand, continues to support emergency relief efforts through the south after Hurricane Isaac.

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