Tag: Water Resources

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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...

Policy Briefing: Coronavirus Relief Bill Provides Billions for Infrastructure

LOOKING TO BOOST the sagging fortunes of three U.S. infrastructure sectors hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress and the Trump administration provided billions in new federal funding for transit, passenger rail, and airports as part of legislation finalized in late March to offer economic relief in the wake of the pandemic. Signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 27, the $2-trillion...

Singh Recognized With 2020 Tipton

ASCE has honored Vijay P. Singh, D.Sc., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, Dist.M.ASCE, with the 2020 Royce J. Tipton Award for his seminal contributions to the advancement of surface irrigation. Singh works as Distinguished Professor, Regents Professor and Caroline and William N. Lehrer Distinguished Chair in Water Engineering at Texas A&M University. His contributions are particularly in five areas: (1) theory of surface irrigation, (2) systems modeling...

Coronavirus a Wake-Up Call for Civil Engineers

“So, Dad, where do the poops go?” We sometimes ignore the wisdom of our children. As long as “it” leaves the toilet bowl when we flush and never comes back, we are content that human and environmental health are being adequately addressed by someone else. It’s when we’re faced with a pandemic such as we’re confronting with the coronavirus that we seem to wake up...

Gulliver Earns Hunter Rouse Award

ASCE has honored John S. Gulliver, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, with the 2020 Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award for over three decades of service in bringing water quality into the field of hydraulic engineering, educating engineering students, authoring prominent textbooks and handbooks and serving the engineering practice. Gulliver exemplifies the approach and capabilities of Hunter Rouse. Over many years he developed and exercised significant depth...

Petersen Award Given to Culver

ASCE has honored Teresa B. Culver, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, with the 2020 Margaret S. Petersen Award for her selfless dedication to preparing and mentoring future civil and environmental engineers and to serving the professional community through service and leadership. Culver is an associate professor of civil engineering in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment at the University of Virginia (UVA), specializing in environmental and water...

Ostfeld Granted Julian Hinds Award

ASCE has honored Avi Ostfeld, Ph.D., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE, with the 2020 Julian Hinds Award for exceptional leadership and distinguished research advancing the design, operation and management of water distribution systems, particularly network reliability, network security, water quality and optimization methodologies, as well as contributions to surface water modeling and water resources management. Ostfeld’s research in water systems has contributed advanced solution techniques based on...

Mays Earns 2020 Arid Lands Award

ASCE has honored Larry W. Mays, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, with the 2020 Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award for his contributions to water resources engineering for arid lands, focusing on water infrastructure systems, water resources sustainability and ancient water systems. Mays is one of the most accomplished researchers, authors, teachers, mentors and engineers in the world. These facts are evidenced by more than 120 peer-reviewed...

Writing Duo Awarded Hilgard Prize

ASCE has honored the writing team of Daniel Valero and Daniel Bung with the 2020 Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Prize for the paper “Vectrino Profiler Spatial Filtering for Shear Flows Based on the Mean Velocity Gradient Equation,” published in the July 2018 issue of Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. In this article, the authors provide a new method to filter ADV Vectrino profiler velocity estimations in...

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...