Tag: Drinking Water

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U.S. EPA, Environmental Groups Spar Over Temporary Compliance Policy

FACED WITH THE PROSPECT that regulated entities might have trouble complying with certain regulatory requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released temporary guidance in late March stating how it intended to handle noncompliance during this time, noting that, among other things, it would not seek civil penalties for most routine violations. Environmental groups immediately criticized the move, contending that it...

A Future World Vision for Us All

"Engineering With Heart" is a series of articles by Michael Paddock for ASCE News. Paddock, P.E., M.ASCE, a 30-year member of ASCE, is a licensed civil engineer and surveyor. His professional career was spent managing teams of over 100 engineers designing infrastructure projects over $1 billion, and he was the youngest-ever recipient of Wisconsin’s “Engineer of the Year” award. After a near-death cancer experience, he was...

Member Voices: Building Community in Puerto Rico

Luis Duque, EIT, A.M.ASCE, is a structural engineer at DLK Engineering in Lafayette, Colorado. An active member of ASCE (particularly the Structural Engineering Institute) and Engineers Without Borders, Duque has helped shape the online communities at ASCE Collaborate and Career by Design as a topic moderator. In today's Member Voice article, he recaps, with words and his gift for photography, a recent trip he...

Finding Water Solutions Through a Game of Squash

You never know where life will take you. And that uncertainty seems to only multiply when you’re a civil engineer. The possibilities are infinite. Ask Pete Loucks. Loucks remembers once taking a systems analysis assignment through UNESCO, evaluating the financial viability of different water delivery options in Libya. The next thing he knew he was wielding a racquet on the squash courts of Benghazi, hoping to parlay...

Young Engineer Finds His Calling Through Flint Water Crisis Solutions

Siddhartha Roy came to the United States in 2012 for a graduate degree that would put him in position to someday use civil engineering to, as he put it, “reduce avoidable human suffering and help people.” Little did he know just how soon that “someday” would turn out to be. As a graduate student at Virginia Tech, Roy joined a team of researchers led by Tech...

Improving Lives as a Way of Life

Susan K. Barnett, an Emmy-nominated investigative journalist, (ABC News PrimeTime Live, 20/20, and Dateline NBC), turned her attention to strategic media and advocacy for nonprofits as the founder of Cause Communications, with a particular passion for global health and water. Recently, she traveled to Ethiopia with Village Health Partnership, a Colorado-based NGO seeking to improve maternal and child health systems. There, she met two long-time...

Water Resources Planning Expert Named Distinguished Member

Richard N. Palmer, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE, an internationally recognized expert in water resources planning, has been honored with inclusion in ASCE’s 2017 class of Distinguished Members for his conceptual and practical contributions to applying structured decision analysis and participatory methods in managing conflict in water resources, including shared vision planning, and for methods addressing potential impacts of climate change in natural resource management. Palmer’s...

Branch President Helps Others After His Apartment Complex Floods

Andrew Wells, EIT, M.ASCE, president of ASCE’s Southeast Texas Branch, and an engineer for Collins Engineering in Port Arthur, TX, had hoped the worst of Hurricane Harvey was over Tuesday morning in his hometown, about 100 miles east of Houston. Then the rains came back. “I think something about the flooding is that it caught everyone by surprise. In southeast Texas we saw the flooding...